Archeage is a sandbox MMORPG that is launching on the 16th September 2014. The game is published by Trion Worlds whom have also released both RIFT and Defiance in the past. This game completely fell off my radar this week. I paid about $165 for the Archeage founder's pack over six months ago. The four day headstart begins this Saturday at 3AM Eastern Standard Time (Event World Time Clock).
This can't be the most difficult decision I have to make. Given the drama with Blue Planet PR over OZ Comic Con accreditation I think i will cover this game launch instead.
The four day headstart will be critical for many competitive PVP guilds in the world of Archeage. Players will have to get out of the newbie starter zones; create and establish guilds; commence the construction of farms and harvesting iron and other resources for crafting trade packs. They then have to exchange trade packs at distant merchant towns in exchange for Guilda Stars (or NPC currency) in order to purchase player housing blueprints for personal gliders (a form of aerial transportation), mounts (ground transportation), player housing designs and various crafting goodies!
You want to get this done as quickly as possible before the game's official launch on the 16th of September when a flood of new players enter the game. By then organised PVP guilds will already have established footholds in competitive territories and have mined the crap out of quarries, woodlands and key resources for the guild infrastructure. It also means that you do not have to play in laggy zones flooded with thousands of new players just entering the game.
Player created content is everywhere in Archeage. It's not a revolutionary idea in MMORPG content but it is going to be one of the best sandbox games if you are interested in this genre of MMO games. Land is limited to patron subscribers so whilst the game is free to play, some content are screened behind a pay-wall. You can also use APEX currency to buy things but the ingame economy is going to be nuts like Eve Online.
Character creation and skills
Towns & the World
DRAGON! RUN AWAY!