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The big Albion Online 'Kay' update is live, it's also on sale

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Now is a great time to jump into the MMO Albion Online (referral link), not only did it just get a big update, it's also on sale. Those aren't the only reasons, this update actually expands the initial tutorial which was rather basic.

Here's the trailer for the new update:

For more details on what's actually in the update, they have a dedicated page for the expansion here. All expansions are free of course, you only need to pay once for Albion Online to access all content. However, they do have their Premium account system to speed things up a bit if you wish.

Also, until Monday 11th you can get in for much cheaper (or upgrade your existing account):

  • Veteran Packs now cost USD 19.95 (instead of USD 29.95)
  • Epic Packs now cost USD 39.95 (instead of USD 49.95)
  • Legendary Packs now cost USD 69.95 (instead of USD 99.95)
  • Veteran to Legendary Upgrades now cost USD 49.95 (instead of USD 70.00)
  • Epic to Legendary Upgrades now cost USD 29.95 (instead of USD 50.00)

Personally, I just want a big boost in PvE content and things to do outside of PvP. Would be fantastic to see an expansion in future focus on a big boost to those who want to play it, but don't have the time to invest in becoming a PvP monster. I do, however, rather like the idea of the Arena mode added in the previous expansion, it's a shame that's locked behind needing a certain tier of gear to enter though, so you won't see the Arena until you've put a number of hours into it.

I am impressed at how quickly they're getting all this new stuff out.

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pentarctagon 6 December 2017 at 1:48 pm UTC
Does anyone have any idea how to get this working on Mint? I bought it, but it gets stuck after the intro animation with the screen all black except for "1%" in the center of the screen. I've found a couple threads with suggestions, but they all seem to be for non-Ubuntu based distros.
marcelomendes 6 December 2017 at 1:56 pm UTC
I sometimes think in buy this, since Shroud of the Avatar is unplayable and buggy. But the PVP oriented aspect makes me think twice. I'm really happy playing GW2, even if not native. Still waiting for THE MMO of Linux world. For now I'll stick with GW2.
AsciiWolf 6 December 2017 at 2:44 pm UTC
pentarctagonDoes anyone have any idea how to get this working on Mint? I bought it, but it gets stuck after the intro animation with the screen all black except for "1%" in the center of the screen. I've found a couple threads with suggestions, but they all seem to be for non-Ubuntu based distros.

Upgrade to Mint 18.3 and install the Flatpak version from Flathub.
Kohrias 6 December 2017 at 3:20 pm UTC
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It's a nice update. I really enjoy what they did.
Kohrias 6 December 2017 at 3:28 pm UTC
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pentarctagonDoes anyone have any idea how to get this working on Mint? I bought it, but it gets stuck after the intro animation with the screen all black except for "1%" in the center of the screen. I've found a couple threads with suggestions, but they all seem to be for non-Ubuntu based distros.

AsciiWolf already mentioned one solution - probably the best one ;-) I actually use a different fix. Here is a thread about what alternatives people figured out: https://forum.albiononline.com/index.php/Thread/54258-Tuto-Linux-Have-a-working-game/?pageNo=6


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knro 6 December 2017 at 6:14 pm UTC
marcelomendesI sometimes think in buy this, since Shroud of the Avatar is unplayable and buggy. But the PVP oriented aspect makes me think twice. I'm really happy playing GW2, even if not native. Still waiting for THE MMO of Linux world. For now I'll stick with GW2.

I'm in the same boat here. Tried Shroud of Avatar but it's still too damn buggy. Playing Elders of Scrolls Online now but there are bugs still under Wine, and I have to boot in Windows to play it (it's the only game there). No open-world Linux MMO is decent today. I tried Albion but the graphics and mechanics just did not suit me. Only thing that reliably works under Wine is World of Warcraft.
Kimyrielle 6 December 2017 at 7:11 pm UTC
marcelomendesI sometimes think in buy this, since Shroud of the Avatar is unplayable and buggy. But the PVP oriented aspect makes me think twice. I'm really happy playing GW2, even if not native. Still waiting for THE MMO of Linux world. For now I'll stick with GW2.

In addition to GW2, Star Wars The Old Republic also runs pretty fantastic in WINE.

I have come to terms with the idea that there will be no native AAA MMO anytime soon, probably not for many years. I am not even aware of an upcoming AAA MMO project for Windows at this time. There is simply nothing at all in the pipe right now. These two games at least can be played in Linux, for those of us who want to play a AAA MMO without having to boot into Windows all the time.

Even if Albion would add PvE content one day, there is still nothing at all I find appealing about it. It's a niche game with eyesore graphics and hardcore MMO concepts from the olden days, which, like dinosaurs, died out for a reason.
Kohrias 6 December 2017 at 7:58 pm UTC
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KimyrielleEven if Albion would add PvE content one day, there is still nothing at all I find appealing about it. It's a niche game with eyesore graphics and hardcore MMO concepts from the olden days, which, like dinosaurs, died out for a reason.

Is that why Blizzard is reviving WoW Vanilla?

Of course to attract the masses it helps to ensure everyone regardless of skill-level can succceed. But not everyone likes that. Just like not everyone enjoys the latest dumbed down action movies labeled "Star Trek" which aim to attract the masses.

I really enjoy Albion Online
Kimyrielle 6 December 2017 at 8:44 pm UTC
Kohrias
KimyrielleEven if Albion would add PvE content one day, there is still nothing at all I find appealing about it. It's a niche game with eyesore graphics and hardcore MMO concepts from the olden days, which, like dinosaurs, died out for a reason.

Is that why Blizzard is reviving WoW Vanilla?

Of course to attract the masses it helps to ensure everyone regardless of skill-level can succceed. But not everyone likes that. Just like not everyone enjoys the latest dumbed down action movies labeled "Star Trek" which aim to attract the masses.

I really enjoy Albion Online

I know that there are people around who love old-school MMOs and there is nothing wrong with that. But I guess my point was that for every hardcore MMOer who loves open world PvP, perma-death, looting corpses, competing with other players for mining nodes and rare world bosses, endless grind, and super-hard raids, there will be 10 others that will be like me and hate all of the above. It's really about where the money is. MMOs become a mass-phenomena only when developers moved away from that hardcore stuff and made games more accessible for us filthy casuals.
Phlebiac 7 December 2017 at 7:11 am UTC
marcelomendesShroud of the Avatar is unplayable and buggy.

Been a few months since I played it, but it was working pretty well for quite a while, at least back when they had the monthly quests for new hats. Has it gotten less stable with their recent optimization efforts?
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