ArcheAge Unchained launched its new contemporary begin server earlier this month, bringing a means for brand new gamers who’re desirous about testing the MMO however may really feel like they’re beginning at a large drawback can leap in, nicely, contemporary. We talked with the ArcheAge group to speak about what this implies for the MMO, the expansion that ArcheAge has seen with the transfer, and plans for the longer term.
ArcheAge Unchained has been out now for a good bit, why did the group at Kakao really feel the necessity to create new contemporary begin servers in 2022? Was there one thing the information was displaying, or was this primarily based on neighborhood suggestions?
Since opening our final Fresh Start Server (FS Server) in December 2021, we’ve acquired many requests from our gamers for a brand new Fresh Start Server. Rather than opening a daily FS Server, we’ve chosen for a boosted seasonal server that permits for quick leveling in order that new and returning gamers can shut the hole with gamers of present servers.
One of the explanations given again when the contemporary begin servers had been introduced was to offer a decrease barrier of entry to new gamers who is perhaps hopping into ArcheAge and discovering themselves far behind the remainder of the inhabitants. While contemporary begin servers can remedy this, what’s the group doing within the meantime on common servers or in between contemporary begin launches to make sure that new gamers have a clean expertise both means?
The FS server will likely be reside till December and is about as much as be each a Booster Server and a Seasonal Server, and can enable its gamers to switch to present servers and play with outdated gamers on the prevailing server. We needed as many gamers to play and compete collectively, which is why we designed the Server in a means that each new gamers and gamers who had been already energetic on the outdated server might play collectively on this Boosted FS Server.
For this function, we’ve got launched the “graduation system” which permits gamers who’ve amassed over 50000 Honor factors to switch to outdated servers. Additionally, we’re giving gamers commencement rewards to allow them to proceed taking part in with the character they’ve leveled within the FS Server, making certain continued play on earlier servers even when the Seasonal Servers shut.
Since launching the contemporary begin server, you’ve seen a 200% uptick within the participant base’s DAU and 300% Peak Concurrent customers – are you able to clarify the breakdown of latest accounts versus present gamers seeking to get a slice of the contemporary begin actual property?
It’s tough to offer actual figures however the variety of present gamers (who had been actively taking part in within the older servers) taking part within the Fresh Start Server is sort of excessive. Considering that ArcheAge has been reside for a very long time, naturally the ratio for returning gamers vs new gamers who’ve by no means performed the sport is increased. We imagine gamers are excited as a result of ArcheAge’s most enjoyable options equivalent to early faction wars and competitors, discipline PvP and so forth. might be actively loved on this FS server. Not solely this, new gamers can stage up rapidly whereas outdated customers can get pleasure from vigorous PvP content material.
The contemporary begin server isn’t only a new server for gamers to begin on, however relatively there are benefits to becoming a member of it as a brand new participant, from elevated loot and expertise and extra. Why did the group really feel it mandatory so as to add these boons in, and is there a worry that when gamers expertise the traditional grind it’ll flip them off down the highway from taking part in?
In most MMORPG titles gamers develop into proportionally stronger in accordance to playtime and the hole between new customers and present gamers grows wider, contemplating that ArcheAge is a title that has been serviced for 8 years (3 years for Unchained). Though it is going to be tough to shut the XP hole in a brief period of time, we are able to help gamers with character progress and we’re more than pleased to take action if it improves the general gameplay expertise. We didn’t present any boosts for the earlier Fresh Start Server and we noticed some individuals depart the sport as they skilled difficulties rising their character. We needed to enhance these areas which is the rationale why we determined to design this FS server as it’s now.
I notably like the thought of there being no content material gate, permitting gamers to determine how they need to proceed. Is this one thing you’ll see be put into apply throughout AAU, or will it at all times be distinctive to the contemporary begin servers?
Removing the content material gates for this Fresh Start Server comes from listening to participant suggestions. In the longer term, we’ll adapt how we function servers primarily based on participant wants and proceed refining our plans for contemporary begin and seasonal servers.
In addition, we’re conscious that there’s a want for a Seasonal Boost Server for the ArcheAge as nicely, which we’re at present getting ready for. Although concrete specifics and a route haven’t been determined but, sooner or later we’ll proceed listening to participant suggestions and implementing suggestions as a lot as attainable.
Why do you suppose the server has been as profitable because it has been, and are there plans to open future servers?
We are actively listening to the voices within the ArcheAge neighborhood and past elevated visitors, we’re pleased to listen to constructive suggestions that the Fresh Start Server is being managed higher than the earlier servers. Moving ahead, the ArcheAge group will do its greatest to hear and honor participant suggestions and search for methods to use them with a view to present even higher service.
Do you suppose the reaffirmation that Kakao and XLGames are engaged on ArcheAge 2 nonetheless just lately helped bolster curiosity in Unchained’s Fresh Start servers?
We are grateful that so many individuals are desirous about ArcheAge 2, although it’s exhausting to say if this has helped improve curiosity within the Fresh Start Server. In the longer term, we’ll work carefully with XL Games to share information not solely about ArcheAge but in addition ArcheAge 2, which plenty of you might have been ready for. We hope on your continued curiosity in our video games.
What are the longer term for the servers as we transfer into the longer term?
We are getting ready a FS Server for ArcheAge this Winter. We wish to function ArcheAge’s FS Server for an extended period, completely different from Unchained’s seasonal server. Although we’re nonetheless engaged on the small print, for the ArcheAge FS Server we’d like to offer a distinct gameplay expertise for present gamers of ArcheAge and a chance for speedy progress for brand new gamers. Since the wants for gamers of ArcheAge are fully completely different from Unchained’s, we’re at present discussing ArcheAge Fresh Start Server specs primarily based on these variations.
One of the distinctive traits for the Fresh Start Server we’re engaged on, is that we plan to restrict the ability of “Pirates” and exclude the “Language Proficiency Spellbook” merchandise from the Marketplace. Additionally, by opening the content material sequentially, we’ll present an surroundings the place new gamers can meet up with outdated gamers who joined the server earlier than them, and put together particular occasions primarily based on these specs that will likely be solely out there on the Fresh Start Server.