Change of mind: Albion Online won’t be free-to-play at launch

Talk about having second thoughts – after well over a year being announced as a free-to-play game, Albion Online is actually going to be either buy-to-play or (more unlikely) subscription-based. Sandbox Interactive still hasn't revealed the exact business model after having ditched the free-to-play one, saying the following about the unexpected decision:

“[…] we are putting the free to play plans on hold as well. Making the game ready for a free to play model would take up significant development time which we would much rather use to make a better game. Free to play would also create a lot of risks for the game – spamming, botting, world too small, etc – which we do not want to take if it can be avoided.

When the game goes live, current founder’s packs will be discontinued and replaced with starter packs, which will give full access to the game but offer less value for money than the founder’s packs as this is only fair to all founders who help us in making the game. Of course, all founder's will automatically get full access to the game on release as well.”

It's not difficult to note that in its forum post the studio mentions “The game will not be free to play at launch”, which could imply that it will eventually revert to free-to-play sometime after launch, most likely when it isn't making enough money anymore.

The closed beta is also being extended until at least 1st August 2016, so that the team makes significant improvements to the game.

What do you think of this decision, and will it benefit Albion Online or not?

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  • bloom warren

    well seems like that Black Desert is not the only MMO who says goodbye to F2P . lets see if they make it worth the money they ask.

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  • Muhammad Yasir

    well , FUCK YOU BASTARDS !
    i was SOOO up for this game but now im so fucking disappointed !
    way to spoil 2016 ALREADY !

    i hope you crash and burn Sandbox shitteractive :@ !

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  • Henry Deeth


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  • Erik Deville

    I honestly don’t feel like at this point with the gameplay I saw that it will be worth buying at all, and if there is a subscription that will put it further down my game list. Its just that with what I saw I could save money and go play something else and save some money. I also think if you want people to play your game, despite how much time you put into developing it F2p is the way to go, unless on release the game is like 20$ or something for a purchase price, anything higher than that I don’t think is worth it.

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  • Dino

    why be agrry 😀 i leave there is lot of games free to play 😀 for now i’m on Devilian 🙂 i don’t give money, cuz game will some to come FREE TO PLAY … 😀 stupid devlopers 😀 hhaha

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  • Collins

    Based on what I have seen, this game is not worth the money in its current state. Oh well, no problem. Lots of games are coming out this year. I’ll pass.

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