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Albion Online set to expand with some large updates planned

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Albion Online [Official Site], the MMO that had a very rocky launch is set to get bigger with the next major updates that have been teased.

They are currently planning to update the game with something large every 3-4 months. The first of which being Joseph, which is planned for September/October. Joseph will add in 5v5 arena battles, where each team competes for control over capture points like these:

These battles sound quite interesting. They will reward you with tokens to redeem in exchange for vanity items, or upgrades to existing items. I find this feature probably the most interesting of all, as I quite like arena-style battles!

The next update, Kay, will release hopefully before the end of the year and it will focus primarly on Guild vs Guild warfare. Each Guild will have a ranking, which will be based on capturing watchtower territory, or invading watchtower's owned by a Guild to accrue points. They will be regularly reset, with NPCs taking them by force, so one big Guild shouldn't be able to hold too many at a time.

Since Kay will have a lot more combat, they are planning some heavy optimizations of the battles, to improve performance overall. Performance of battles has been an issue, with many complaints on their forum about heavy lag during large battles.

After that, they have much more planned. They may add in things like more interesting PvE (which is still quite dull right now), better expeditions, improved vanity rewards and so on. They are also looking at Blessings, a special character upgrade which can be obtained through PvE.

Each update all seems to further improve the user interface, along with lots of quality of life improvements overall. See the full roadmap here, there's a lot to take in.

I'll be completely honest, I've hardly touched it since the initial launch was so bad. Every time I wanted to go on, there was some sort of server issue. Servers were up and down constantly, lag was a constant problem and it burnt me out pretty quickly due to the frustrations involved. Often being completely stuck in a town, unable to move, being constantly warped backwards as the servers just couldn't handle it. There were multiple apparent DDOS attacks too, which is pretty sad to see. I'm hoping to jump back in sometime soon, since the worst seems to be over, for now.

They now have a status page to follow, to keep up with their issues.

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Keyrock 28 August 2017 at 5:52 pm UTC
I played it for about 2 weeks after launch then gave up on the game. I didn't have that many technical issues, except for the servers being down more often than I would like, but I just found the game incredibly boring and tedious. Nothing in the upcoming update interests me in the slightest. I might check back on this game in a year or so, assuming it still exists at that time.
Kohrias 28 August 2017 at 5:56 pm UTC
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I still enjoy the game and look forward to the updates ;-)
scaine 28 August 2017 at 7:02 pm UTC
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I was so excited for Albion and enjoyed the beta, but now that they've launched, I'm already pretty burnt out by the game. Progression is slower due to the number of people harvesting, and everyone who actually enjoys the game is in a big guild focused on blackzone zergs. Which I couldn't care less about.

A lot of the markets are horribly saturated too, which makes progression via farming (either farming in dungeons, or farming on your island - "real" farming) pretty lacklustre. During the beta, I was making good money doing that, but now I just really horde everything because there's no point putting it on the market.

It all feels like a grind. I haven't played in over two weeks. Even worse, of course, is that my founder "premium" status is being wasted as a result. If I do decide to dip my toes in again later, I'd probably have to buy gold again to get the most out of it... but I'm not likely to do so, given that unless they add more PVE content, I'm not likely to stick with it.

It's all just extremely disappointing.
razing32 28 August 2017 at 10:22 pm UTC
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scaineI was so excited for Albion and enjoyed the beta, but now that they've launched, I'm already pretty burnt out by the game. Progression is slower due to the number of people harvesting, and everyone who actually enjoys the game is in a big guild focused on blackzone zergs. Which I couldn't care less about.

A lot of the markets are horribly saturated too, which makes progression via farming (either farming in dungeons, or farming on your island - "real" farming) pretty lacklustre. During the beta, I was making good money doing that, but now I just really horde everything because there's no point putting it on the market.

It all feels like a grind. I haven't played in over two weeks. Even worse, of course, is that my founder "premium" status is being wasted as a result. If I do decide to dip my toes in again later, I'd probably have to buy gold again to get the most out of it... but I'm not likely to do so, given that unless they add more PVE content, I'm not likely to stick with it.

It's all just extremely disappointing.

Sad to hear.
I was actually on the fence about this one as it seemed like a fun game.
Though to be fair I don;t have time for the grind most mmos have and that over saturation you are describing plays into that fear.

What ever happened to the GOL guild ?
Crazy Penguin 29 August 2017 at 9:06 am UTC
Couldn't agree more. The game is boring, repetitive, a grinding hell and unimaginative. Haven't played it much over the last weeks anymore. No fun! Wasted money!

There are also still problems with the GUI, where you can't search for a guild by name. The Chat is also garbage, without language filters. There are way to many posts, spams, which makes you turn it off. Then you can "mute" 10 players only.


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ninjasftw 29 August 2017 at 7:20 pm UTC
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Crazy PenguinCouldn't agree more. The game is boring, repetitive, a grinding hell and unimaginative. Haven't played it much over the last weeks anymore. No fun! Wasted money!

There are also still problems with the GUI, where you can't search for a guild by name. The Chat is also garbage, without language filters. There are way to many posts, spams, which makes you turn it off. Then you can "mute" 10 players only.

I agree with you on all those points. After about 2 weeks of play, realizing how much time i'd need to sink in it to go any further just turned me right off it.
As someone who isn't that interested in PVP (especially with the constant lag) there simply isn't anything to do except grind....
Thormack 29 August 2017 at 11:14 pm UTC
Awesome update, really need arenas.

Please add me to the LINUX guild.
Name is: Thormack


Thanks
Ilya 30 August 2017 at 11:46 pm UTC
ThormackAwesome update, really need arenas.

Please add me to the LINUX guild.
Name is: Thormack


Thanks

It's probably best to post in the Telegram chat for an invite, I don't have much time to play atm and both inviter and invitee need to be online at the same time (silly, really)
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