tree of savior

The English version of IMCgames’ free-to-play MMO Tree of Savior is nearing release — kind of. In an announcement that is raising some players’ eyebrows, the developers revealed today that for the first three months after launch only founders will have access to the game.

When a player gains access to the game will depend on how much they have spent — or not — on the Founder’s Packs. Prices for the packs range from $20 to $60, with the higher priced packs getting access to the game earlier. Founder access will kick off March 22nd for those who paid the $60 amount. Those who do not buy a pack will have to wait until June 19 for access.


According to the developers, the reason they’ve elected to have such a lengthy Founder’s exclusive period is to prevent bot accounts from being able to access the game and disrupt the environment early on.

As expected, the announcement has players calling foul, with many suggesting a boycott of the game. Some point out that this move will simply fragment the player base while others wonder what the developers have in mind to keep the Founder’s server from collapsing once more servers have been opened.

QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community. For the past five years she's been a writer at Gamebreaker TV.


  1. I was on the fence about getting this game…now I’m off that fence I’m not getting this game because the way they are milking the game. You basically gotta buy the 49.99 pack. fuck you

  2. Kids mad once again, nothing new. Wanna jump on early? Good, pay for their hard work.
    Who cares till its not p2w through the shop? Right no1, same goes to ur whines.

    • It’s less about “kids mad once again” and more about a 4-month founders-only early access server being the exact opposite of “OBT coming soon”.

      They’re going against their own word and aiming to milk money through founders packs.

      Then again, that’s Nexon.

    • i`m no kid, its no problem for me pay for games, what i do time to time. i bought BnS founder pack cuz i knew what i`m getting and i was sure that my money wont be wasted. In this you even don`t know what is value for those IG coins + hats. Thats not all, i have seen in reddit/steam/forum that games in unbalanced/way to buggy and in korea game is dying. With such information someone who haven`t played game before CBT there is no guarantee for me that my money wont be wasted. And with such steps as deleting promised OBT post, and no communication with players at all, well for me 50$/30$/20$ is not worth. I just hope that they wont ruin game playerbase. Ofc there are ppl like you who just says kids are whining / devs needs money i will buy etc… ofc they need, but we need information and communication what they don`t give us at all. There are people who are ready to pay with reasonable prices/packs and information. Lets just hope game will live not close or struggle and make unnecessary monetization.

      • okey they have updated post since yesterday:

        [MAR 16th UPDATE – Further Details / Clarification]
        – We have plans to add new servers in June in accordance to the player base
        – New players may decide which server they wish to play on depending on the server situation.
        – There will be no data wipe of Teams or items

        [MAR 16th UPDATE – FAQ]
        – Servers will be located on the east coast of the US, same as the iCBT servers
        – 100 TP is priced at approximately USD$9.00
        – EXP gained through hunting will be at the same rate as kTOS
        – The price we announced is based on the price that will be applied to the US. Please check the Steam Store Page for your regional prices. They will be adjusted by Steam Standards.

  3. Best part is that they have removed post about that “OBT coming soon”. There were ppl who said that this “Exclusive access” is not OBT at all what they promised in now deleted post. This company simply destroys their reputation even before game is launched. I really wanted to play this game, but seems that w/o paying money i need to wait 3 months. If prices/items you get with pack/information was reasonable players would buy w/o any problem. This company lack communication with players.

  4. 2nd cash grab, server transfers i bet! hahahahahaha

    R1EMU tos project, yes bois its RO private servers all over again! its happening!

  5. Why didn’t they just call it beta or early access or something along those lines like everybody else and just say (even though I find beta b2p models for so called f2p games irksome):
    “The Game Launches in June, but if you want early access pay now”

    I mean this is a marketing nightmare, but it’s not hugely different from getting beta access to most f2p games nowadays. The time frame is longer than usual though since they won’t be doing any wipes. I can’t remember any game off hand that had 1 year or more beta that didn’t do any wipes throughout so that’s the only thing I would personally be concerned about.

    PS. I’m not actually ever going to play this game, it doesn’t look in anyway appealing to me, just saying.

  6. There’s enough hype and popularity behind the game that having a founders server isn’t going to fragment the playerbase. Few other games have done this with no real issue, having “premium” servers for paying customers/subscribers.

    The article and news post itself never seemed to mention a founders exclusive server though, just in the title it says something about the server but makes no sense. From what they’re saying founders are just getting a headstart which I don’t see an issue with at all.

    Kind of feels like there’s a lot of miscommunication or misinformation spreading around, it’s a lengthy headstart but still just a headstart. They will make new servers where everyone can start over anyway once it opens up to everyone else so I really don’t get what all the anger is about.

  7. Just make a server where only founders can play with 100% increase exp, etc. Then after a few months open the server to the public. Than have normal servers for the rest of us. You still get your money and everyone is happy because they the rich people play with rich people and the poor people play with poor people. Simple and easy.

  8. Free to play and Buy to pay are both scam money. I don’t think people use their brain anymore nowadays so let the developers keep Making money off of them to completely become broke. ( do not brother with any Company at all. Stay away from them.)

    • Ok..
      Every game has a team behind it, that team needs to get paid.. There’s nothing wrong in speding some cash in an online game, even if the game is p2w or just a cash grab, you just have to keep in mind how much that game is worth to you..


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