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The MMO Albion Online is heading to Steam

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The MMO Albion Online [Official Site] is now officially coming to Steam, but they will not be giving keys to existing owners.

I think it's great it's heading to Steam, opening the game up to a bigger possible playerbase, but honestly not allowing existing owners a key for the game is quite a shame.

Speaking on the forum, they said this about it:

Can I play Albion Online on Steam with an existing account?

In order to play Albion Online on Steam you must purchase the game through the Steam store and create a new account. Once you have done this, you can either play on Steam with your new account, or login via an existing account.

NOTE: While ingame purchases of Gold and/or Premium status will be credited to the currently logged-in account, Epic and Legendary Packs purchased through the Steam store can only be used by the primary Steam account.

I actually find this a little odd, since I've seen hundreds of developers give out keys for existing owners, when purchased directly or on itch.io and other places. It strikes me as very strange that they're not able to do this. They already have their own login system, so it should just be a case of giving owners a Steam key, which is free for developers to generate. There's other games out there that let you easily link an email to a Steam account too, it's not difficult to do. Hopefully they will clear this up a little more.

No actual date is being given for the Steam release yet.

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Tags: MMO, Steam, Unity, Upcoming
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5 comments

Beamboom 28 Mar, 2018
This is reaaaaaally suspicious. Sounds like they want to use this opportunity to sell the game twice.

As for me this might get me to try this game. I really don't want to have games outside Steam if I can help it - unless it's something of major interest.
Leopard 28 Mar, 2018
This whole not giving Steam key thing is only came into one conclusion:

Game is on it is last phase before abandoned and "money-milking" mode is active now.


Last edited by Leopard on 28 March 2018 at 11:27 am UTC
EzyRhino 28 Mar, 2018
The fact that they don't give out keys for existing users is shady, imo. It's the least they should do. Do they really expect existing users who already bought the game to pay again? LOL, so stupid.
Lakorta 28 Mar, 2018
I don't think it's that bad that they don't give Steam keys out for free. They aren't obligated to.
If someone wants to use the game with steam they can use the "Add a Non-Steam game to Steam" feature. The only thing people can't do is buy the Epic and Legendary Packs through steam (and use some other Steam features like achievements if they choose to implement those later).
I can actually understand this decision from a company's perspective since nothing stops people from just giving the Steam key to someone else since they already own a copy of the game.
Trinexx 29 Mar, 2018
Quoting: LakortaI can actually understand this decision from a company's perspective since nothing stops people from just giving the Steam key to someone else since they already own a copy of the game.

A key for the client won't do you much good without an Albion account to actually play with.
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