ArcheAge beta to commence this month

ArcheAge Screen

Jake Song’s MMORPG sandbox game is getting closer to its arrival in the west.

ArcheAge is a stunningly beautiful MMORPG sandbox game from Jake Song’s XL Games. Song played a major part in the hugely successful MMORPG Lineage and now the latest game to bear his name is due to hit the west this year.

Described as a ‘sandpark’ game ArcheAge combines the ‘theme park’ location based questing (see World of Warcraft) with open sandbox player made content (see Star War Galaxies) and is one of our most hotly anticipated MMORPGs to come out in the west this year.

Players can build farms and housing and even ships to take to sea. Ships can carry passengers and battles out on the ocean can take place as pirates attempt to steal tradable goods which have a very real value in the game. Players are even subject to a player run judicial system where ‘criminals’ can be sent to prison.

ArcheAge originally came out in Korea in January last year and slowly but surely the game has been moving across the globe. The western beta was due to commence in late June/early July but was set back due to the implementation of patch 1.2 on the alpha version.

Publishers Trion Worlds (the company behind the MMORPG Rift) are working to bring ArcheAge to the west and until recently access to the early alpha version of the game has been granted only by the purchase of a founders pack. Trion have now announced the closed Beta will begin later this month slowing allowing for access to the game for those who don’t want to shell out as much as £109.99 to get at ArcheAge..

“With Alpha testing about to begin, we’re glad to announce that Closed Beta Events will be starting in mid-to-late July. Trion announced, “These events will last three to five days each with access being granted by random invitation or purchase of a Founder’s Pack. We’ll be hosting invite giveaways in the coming weeks and will open up European servers during these events.

Following the closed beta and all access open beta phase will take place finally leading to the official launch of ArcheAge later this year.

For those unfamiliar with ArcheAge we highly recommend you check out this trailer, This really is an MMORPG to look out for. 

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