The Albion online team has made a few announcements on its official forum that are worth noting. The major news is that the game is not going to be free anymore after the official launch, as it was supposed to be initially.
There are a lot of Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) out there. While some of these are actually quite interesting, many are just a waste of precious gaming time and Albion Online Items. Games such as Imperia Online and Travian did well in the first few years after their launch and a lot of gamers flocked to them, but after a while they became a drag.
Although MMORPG games such as Drakensang Online and Guild Wars are still being played, much of the MMORPG era has been fading. With its latest title, Albion Online, it seems that Sandbox Interactive wants to revive the era once again.
Albion Online is going to be a medieval fantasy game with a lot of activity. Apart from the obvious fighting between players, there will be economy and base building, character leveling and a lot of exploration.
For now, the game is in its beta testing phase. The testing has been going on for a while now, and according to the post by the development team, it has been extended until August 1, 2016. It seems that the company does not want to take any chances with the game. This could also mean that players currently beta testing are having a good time.
Also, the announcement that the game is going to be pay-to-play points toward the success of the beta testing phase with Albion Online Power Leveling. Sandbox Interactive has probably realized that its title is doing pretty well and it can risk making the game a subscription-based one. While this development is going to put a good amount of beta testers off, it will generate decent revenue for the company.
The official release date for Albion Online has not been announced yet, but considering the extended testing phases, we can expect early access by the end of 2016.