So last night while talking with my pals in voice chat, the topic came up of a new MMO that is coming out sometime this year called ArcheAge and the various pay to test options that were available.
First off though, a bit of background on the game. Granted, this is limited information, just what I’ve read and heard on the developer videos. From what I can gather this game was a Korean developed game that is being brought over by Trion Worlds (who produced Rift). So from what I can tell the game is already out there, or at least in there version of beta testing. Most of the videos I’ve watched are from folks who managed to get past some odd region locking.
So right now Trion has the game in alpha testing, with beta testing coming up “soon”. Following a current trend with Free To Play games they are allowing players to buy there way in to the alpha/beta programs. Starting at $50 you can get instant beta access with some perks, and for $150 you can get instant alpha access. Our discussion was very brief, as none of us are really willing to drop $150 on an alpha. Granted some of us have before, but lessons were learned.
Personally I would probably pay the $50 for beta access, once there was a definitive date, except I have 2 PS4 pre-orders that are coming out in the next two months. Right now I have Watchdogs and Murdered: Soul Suspect coming up, and those will probably keep me pretty busy. On top of that I’ll still have ESO and Dark Souls 2 that I’ll be playing so I’ve got a full plate. I’ll also be talking about these games more once I get my hands on them.
That being said, I really do think ArcheAge looks like an interesting game, and I will definitely be talking more about that soon. I’ll apologize in advance if my twitter wall gets a bit filled up with contest retweets. I managed to snag a Hearthstone beta key that way, so I’m hoping to get in to the alpha or beta of ArcheAge as well.
I’m pretty sure they are okay with people livestreaming the game, as I’ve already seen channels on twitch showing it off.
NBI (Newbie Blogger Initiative)
I also signed up for the Newbie Blogger Initiative this morning. If you don’t know what that is go check out their site for info, mainly cause I am not sure I could describe it correctly). The gist of it is they hook up people who are interested in blogging with mentors and help get some exposure to their blogs. One of the things that I have always been afraid of when writing here is that nobody would read it. I don’t know if what I write will ever be super popular or even very good, but I figure I need to at least make the effort.
My buddy Belghast has been blogging every day for over a year now, and he has repeatedly told me that one of the main hurdles is setting aside time every day to write. So even if I don’t post every day at the same time, I want to post at least once a week, if not every day. I just need to find time in my day to read up on things to have topics to discuss.
There was also an amusing video put out by Felicia Day that talks about how to start writing that is pretty interesting. And if you read any of the early stuff on here you’ll know that the main reason this blog even exists is because of her.