While we prepare for ArcheAge to enter Alpha, the team has compiled the following list of frequently asked questions (or a FAQ as it’s commonly known) addressing a wide range of topics we’ve been seeing from fans on fansites and our own forums. Is there an important one we should add? Tell us about it in this article’s forum thread!
ArcheAge: Frequently Asked Questions (Alpha Edition)
ABOUT AND HOW TO PLAY
What is ArcheAge?
ArcheAge is an open-world sandbox game unlike any other available in the West today. In ArcheAge you can: raise your mount, fight your way through a dungeon, craft the best armor in the game, make your mark on the world with an open-world farm or house, sail your ship on the high seas to trade with foreign ports, swoop in on airships and fight other players for plunder, claim a piece of land for your guild then fight with them to defend your territory from rival guilds, and lots of other fun things. We’re thrilled to be able to bring ArcheAge to the West!
When can I play?
We are eager to bring ArcheAge to you as soon as possible! We’re about to start our Alpha test phase, then onward to Beta with launch coming in 2014. Sign up for Beta and for the latest ArcheAge news, keep an eye on our forums and follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
What is Alpha and Beta?
The 24/7 private Alpha test helps us validate both gameplay and technology while building up the initial community of experts who are willing to share their experiences with others. ArcheAge will have a series of Beta events before launch. These events will give you a chance to see the game and will also serve as a test of our servers and the service integrations that we’ve made between ArcheAge and our systems.
How do I get into Alpha?
The best way to get into Alpha is by participating positively in the Trion Worlds ArcheAge community and sharing the news that ArcheAge is coming this year! We’re always on the lookout for folks who demonstrate their willingness to help out their fellow players by turning their interest in the game into actual actions.
You don’t have to have a fansite or a Twitch account to contribute, either! The dedicated folks who make helpful posts on the forums or are willing to bring their game expertise to our wiki are important contributors to creating a constructive grassroots ArcheAge community. In addition, there will be opportunities for Alpha invitations on our livestreams, forums, and social media channels to make sure everyone gets a chance. For instance, we’ve randomly awarded invites to active viewers of our Twitch channel when ArcheAge is being demonstrated!
How do I get into Beta?
We’re making sure that there are a number of different ways to get Beta access. If you’re in Alpha, you are automatically included in all Beta events. You can sign up for a chance to get into a Beta event at ArcheAge.TrionWorlds.com. We’ll also have contests on our forums, giveaways on our social media channels, and more! There will be lots of ways for people to get into Beta events. Don’t want to leave your Beta access to chance? We’ll also be offering founder packs that will grant access to Beta events in addition to other benefits for being an early ArcheAge fan!
Are there going to be founder packs?
Yes! We will be announcing details of our founder packs in the next few weeks. Founder packs will grant you access into the Beta events as well as grant some benefits and loot in the live game. Keep an eye on our website at ArcheAgeGame.com and your inbox for more details!
Is there going to be a Patron Program (VIP Subscriptions) like RIFT?
We have gotten great feedback from our RIFT players on the inclusion of the Patron Program. It’s important to us that, as much as possible, Patron benefits add to your fun but are not required to play the game. We are adopting the essence of RIFT’s “No Tricks, No Traps” approach, while balancing the unique concerns of an open-world sandbox game! For players who want to get a little extra out of the game, or who wish to support Trion Worlds, the Patron Program will be available. For those who wish to gain VIP benefits while remaining free, we are also hoping to support earning Patron status via in-game methods similar to how REX works in RIFT. We’ll be announcing the details in the weeks to come!
REGIONAL CHANGES AND LOCALIZATION
How much control does Trion Worlds have over the development of Archeage for the West?
Trion Worlds is the publisher of ArcheAge in the West and we interact closely with XL Games, the developer of ArcheAge based in South Korea, to ensure that we publish a game that is true to the promise of the open-world sandbox we’ve all been waiting so patiently for. We work with XL Games to understand new features that are added to ArcheAge in the East to determine how well they will be accepted in our regions, and then offer feedback. XL Games has been fantastic in addressing that feedback as best as they can. In situations where a feature is added that we don’t think will be appropriate for our audiences, we work with XL Games to modify or remove that feature from our version.
What does “localization” mean in terms of ArcheAge?
ArcheAge’s localization involves more than just translation from Korean into English, French, and German! It’s also about tweaking the content to ensure that the lore and jokes are appropriate for Western audiences. Some of the jokes that make sense in Korea don’t translate that well for Western audiences, so we adjust them to keep the humor. One of the challenges with localizing from Korean is that the language structure is very different from English, French, or German. The game is localized into English first, and then the edited text is translated into French and German. It makes the whole process take a bit longer, but the result is so much better!
How does Trion Worlds select what’s on the in-game cash store?
We work closely with XL Games to understand the impacts of the different items that are on the store in Korea so we can ensure that we keep store items optional and fitting our “No Tricks, No Traps” vision of free-to-play. As the game is new, there will not be catch-up gear in the store at launch, as is seen in our other free-to-play games. It’s important to us that items sold on the store are not required to enjoy the game.
Is Trion Worlds going to include all the 1.0 patch changes from ArcheAge’s Korean version?
We are watching how the changes are being received in other regions, and are working with XL Games to ensure that we adopt changes that maintain the focus on the sandbox elements of ArcheAge. In our recent trip to Korea, we were happy to be able to talk with the heads of XL Games as well as some of the ArcheAge game designers about the recent changes that they have made. Some of those changes were made specifically for XL Games’ market.
I have a question about ArcheAge in another region or language! Can you help?
Each publisher manages the ArcheAge service in their territories according to their needs and the conversations between that publisher and XL Games. It is not appropriate for us to comment on other publishers’ actions. We do watch what other publishers are doing and how their communities react to help us understand the impact of their changes; we also understand that different communities have different needs and preferences. We continue to work with XL Games and leverage our experience to ensure that we have the best ArcheAge that we can for the Western audience.
How is Trion Worlds planning on handling housing and farms?
The open world housing in ArcheAge is a compelling sandbox feature that we’re very glad to have in the game. Because the housing is non-instanced, there needs to be a balance between available land and players who wish to place farms and houses. ArcheAge will be free-to-play and, as such, will have a variety of players who are in direct competition for land.
As a protective measure against infinite free placeholder accounts claiming precious land, ownership of limited real estate is reserved for paid players at launch. Free players are encouraged to participate in the crafting and farming aspects of this game, and will also be able to both use public land and share farms and houses from friends who give them access. Remember, not all the housing areas are marked on the map, so explore a bit to find the best places for your farm and house!
Are there any limitations on my classes or equipment?
There are no limits on how you mix and match the skillsets; you can pick your skillsets by flavor, or to maximize a certain attack or defense type. By level ten, you will be able to select three different skillsets out of a list of ten options. If you want to be an assassin/warrior/mage who throws fireballs and then jumps out of range, only to throw another fireball – or sneak up on your enemy to stab them in the back – you can build your class that way!
With the mixing and matching of classes, you can also mix and match equipment. There’s nothing stopping a mage from wearing plate armor, or a warrior tank from wearing cloth! There are different stats for cloth, leather, and plate armor – and each armor type has different set bonuses – so pick the armor that best suits your play style.
How does Trion Worlds plan to handle bots in ArcheAge?
We plan on handling bots very similar to the way we handle them in our other games. We’ve built up an arsenal of tools to handle bots and other forms of negative or exploitative play. Our platform has the best analytics, alerts, and Customer Support processes to help make sure our games are as close to bot-free as possible. As a game integrated deeply with our platform, ArcheAge will benefit from all of the bot-stopping processes that you’ve seen in RIFT and Defiance.
For example, when these processes were implemented in RIFT, more than 50,000 bot accounts were banned in the initial wave after which botting rapidly decreased. Since then, we’ve removed hundreds of thousands of bot accounts over time, and continue to closely monitor for negative or exploitative play.
I’m excited for ArcheAge! What should I do about it?
That’s great, we are too! If you haven’t yet, sign up for Beta and opt-in to ArcheAge news and announcements to keep up to date with the latest information, then join the official forums and introduce yourself to the ArcheAge community!