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.