Sandbox MMO ArcheAge Goes International With Trion Games
The little known ArcheAge is an MMORPG from Korea that borrows heavily from Ultima Online rather than World of Warcraft. Unlike most games in the genre, which are heavily tied to pre-determined questlines and closed areas, ArcheAge is much more of a sandbox in which players can do as they like. As a plus, the game is also made by Jake Song, who revolutionized Korean MMOs with a little game called Lineage. You might’ve heard of it.
Players arching for a sandbox MMO shouldn’t have too long to wait for the game to arrive stateside, as Trion Games has just been signed on as ArcheAge’s global publisher. Trion will host the game in the US, Europe, Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand.
ArcheAge has been in development for over six years, with two of those years spent in closed testing. The game went commercial in South Korea just a couple of weeks ago.
In addition to being a sandbox, ArcheAge comes without any class and skill restrictions, so players will be able to build their character as they see fit and partake in all sorts of activities, including large scale warfare, crafting, trading, and politics—most of which will be player-organized and player-run.
Trion Games has not made any mention as to when the game will be available, but I expect it should be sometime this year.