ArcheAge is starting to win me over

Yes, you can play soccer in prison.  This blows my mind for some reason.
Yes, you can play soccer in prison. This blows my mind for some reason.

At this point in my life, I do not need to hear, read, or see anything more about ArcheAge.  It does not help that I work at Massively and am sometimes required to write about this upcoming Korean sandbox import, but I do my best by plugging my ears and going “LALALALA!” while I type.

The thing is, this game was barely on my radar for years since I first heard about it.  “Sandbox” and “Korean” aren’t catalysts for my interest, although they’re not repellant either.  I just figured, fine, it’ll be another Age of Wushu or TERA or whathaveyou, and I will live in peace with it being played by other people and me playing what I want.

But slowly and steadily ArcheAge has gone from the fringes of my attention to a fast-pass into the center.  I keep reading articles and seeing videos that make me go, “Yeah, dang, that is cool!”  I think what I’m realizing is the major selling point of ArcheAge is that there is such a wide breadth of activities to do that it’s much more like a living world than MMOs that claim to have a living world.  Yesterday I was salivating over a ship video where they were showing all of the different types you can craft and use, and even something small like the realistic bobbing of the ocean waves (and your character/ship on them) resonated strongly with me.  I want to rowboat my way down a coastline, darn it.

And the mix-and-match class setup?  Housing and farming and all that jazz?  Honestly, the only thing that’s repelling me at this point is that you can’t own a house as a free-to-play gamer (you can “share” one with a subscriber), which sucks.  I didn’t expect that limitation from Trion, since RIFT has an incredibly generous F2P setup that includes housing.

So ArcheAge definitely moved up to a “must play” status for me, especially now that we know it’s coming this year.  The founder’s packs?  I think they’re really overpriced, although perceived value depends on the player and specific interest.  I’d be all about the head start if F2P players could use it to get in and grab a house, but… nope.  And this game will really need to be something else for me to sub up.  Otherwise, I can live without dropping $150 on a virtual product that’s selling alpha and beta access.

8 thoughts on “ArcheAge is starting to win me over

  1. Rohan April 30, 2014 / 10:59 am

    The Founder Packs include X months of Patron status. So you can use them to get a house when the game starts, as I understand it.

    As for the limitation on housing, apparently Housing is open world, not instanced. Limiting it to subscribers seems like a good way to keep the world from filling up.

  2. Aywren April 30, 2014 / 11:01 am

    I’m in the same boat. I haven’t paid much attention to this game until lately. It sounds like it has a lot of features I’d be interested in, but I balk at subbing to another game (already have one sub game I’m involved with). I’m also concerned by the PVP element, which some folks have told me is central to the game.

    I’m kinda wait-and-see. But no-sub: no-land is keeping me from jumping on this. Oh, and the cost of founders packs. No thanks.

  3. Syp April 30, 2014 / 11:06 am

    @Rohan – But you lose the house if you go from sub to F2P, so even with a founder’s pack you have to pay to keep the house. And while open world housing is the devs’ choice, I really wish the game would include instanced apartments or housing as options too. I’m not a fan of open world housing due to these limitations.

  4. HarbingerZero April 30, 2014 / 11:33 am

    Glad you are starting to come around on it!

  5. Shintar April 30, 2014 / 11:36 am

    I’m pretty sure they said you can have a house as a free player, you’ll just have to use some virtual currency instead that someone else paid for with real money (like that REX thing they have in Rift?)

  6. Ocho April 30, 2014 / 3:24 pm

    I feel the same. I’ve avoided TESO and Wildstar because I can’t find the interest, and yet everything that’s coming out about ArcheAge is hitting buttons I didn’t know I had. I’d gladly join you in the boat for that ride down the coast. 🙂

  7. Stormwaltz May 2, 2014 / 1:47 am

    I really wish ArcheAge was not FFA-PVP. Aside from that, it’s the most appealing MMG on the near horizon for me.

    To be clear, I have no quarrel whatsoever with those who dig PVP. If that’s your thing, you should be able to enjoy it. But in turn, I’d appreciate the courtesy of being able to enjoy an online sandbox where I can tend crops and build furniture *without* being randomly murdered. :\

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