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[Interview] Albion Online: A True Cross-Platform Sandbox MMO

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  • JojinJojin Jacksonville, FLPosts: 120Member Uncommon
    I am more concerned about 'Free to Play" versus full loot.  Though the mixing of the two together is really frightening.  
  • elockeelocke Manassas, VAPosts: 4,205Member Uncommon
    Full loot yet again.  /sigh  I can already play Mortal Online and Darkfall as well as Eve, why would I choose to play this one?  So tired of the Full Loot mechanic ruining so many potential sandboxes.  SWG didn't have full loot and I had a blast PVPing in that sandbox.
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  • RazeeksterRazeekster Solon, MEPosts: 2,201Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Rosa36
    My account is about to be banned.
    There, I fixed that for you.
     
     
     
     

    Smile

  • yabcoyabco SPPosts: 1Member
    Originally posted by Soki123
    Please bring back some old school MMO gaming again.

    +1 to this :)

  • SidQFTSidQFT Kent, WAPosts: 80Member Uncommon
    hell ya cant wait for this one!!
  • nuk3meisternuk3meister LondonPosts: 41Member


    Originally posted by Razeekster
    It sort of seems like the development team is coming onto the forums and asking their players to come onto these forums as well to discredit any concerns...

    We are suckers for feedback from the community and in the end we’re making the game for people to play it, and of course a little buzz can’t hurt.

    We didn’t ask players “to discredit any concerns” as you put it – instead we hired professionals to do that for us. HEY-HO! Just kidding! This never happened and we also wouldn’t ask that of our players. However, in the meantime, we’ve changed the posting on Facebook slightly, because of a typo and while we were at it, we took the feedback and made changes to a more passive approach on how followers can support the game.

    Maybe we should have introduced ourselves a little, so here it goes:
    I’m Michael, I’m one of the community guys at sandbox-interactive.com and I’m here to answer your questions and give information about the game.


    Originally posted by Razeekster
    This sort of system does have a very large imbalance because of the large gap in power between new and older players. It seems though that maybe the crafting and no levels in this game is trying to address that situation so maybe this will actually be one of the first full loot PvP games that doesn't feel so unbalanced.

    Imbalance leads to griefing. Griefing leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.

    I salute you for noticing some of the thoughts behind the "power through items" system.
    Even if you are wearing lower tier equipment than your opponent, with the right strategy, it's possible to counter other, higher tier item builds.

    That's just one of the things, to keep imbalance in check without going full Trammel another one - in a way - is territorial control.

    The consequences of death in AO make the territorial gameplay very relevant and exciting. To give you a scenario: You will eventually have to make the choice if you want to attack a member of a neighboring guild that is collecting on your daily “resource route” and risk war OR you let him be in the spirit of keeping the peace, but then you have to travel further out into the wild to get the good materials.
    It’s this kind of daily decision making that makes conquering territories for your guild relevant and by that you ensure as well that newbie members of your guild are kept safe.

    Albion Online Community Guy | Facebook | Twitter

  • AvsRock21AvsRock21 Denver, COPosts: 256Member
    Originally posted by Dalaimoc
    i stopped reading after "full loot pvp"  and "all gear is player crafted" - good luck with your niche game

    Lol, WoW and the other easy games for children are that way ------------------------>

  • BunnykingBunnyking NowherePosts: 114Member Uncommon

    Full loot pvp? Top view?

     

    Moving on... nothing to see here.

  • grimfallgrimfall Missouri City, TXPosts: 1,155Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Bunnyking

    Full loot pvp? Top view?

     

    Moving on... nothing to see here.

    I just love these "I'm not gonna play ur game" posts.  So interesting and informative.  What do they call it, special snowflake syndrome?

    It seems interesting.  I like the art style from the couple screenies posted.  The 5 x 5 guild fights seem rather restrictive though.  That's not even the size of EQ1 groups.

  • SuraknarSuraknar Montreal, QCPosts: 824Member

    I never thought I could be attracted to an isometric MMO again after UO...but, looking at the screenshots there is a certain appeal which creates a sweet taste in my mind.

    I will definitely be looking at this MMO, especially since it strives to bring back old school feel to it.

    - Duke Suraknar -
    Order of the Silver Star, OSS

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    ESKA, Playing MMORPG's since Ultima Online 1997 - Order of the Silver Serpent, Atlantic Shard

  • KanylKanyl a cold placePosts: 246Member Uncommon
    First I was very sceptic when reading about cross-platform, with mobile devices included! But after reading the first lines, that you do different things on different devices, I then got really hooked! I hope they make something good, but I doubt it, since so many mmorpgs have been a let down for me, over the past years. Fingers crossed and all my wishes to the team!
  • blutigfaustblutigfaust Granite City, ILPosts: 98Member Common

    I'm curious, did any of you testers or developers of this game play Roma Victor ?  If so, what is your opinion on how close the game play is to how that one was?

     

    Thanks.

    Current games playing: Archeage
    Games being watched: Repopulation, and Divergence
    Favorite played games: SWG, RomaVictor, and Xsyon

  • ReallyNow10ReallyNow10 Pile It High Town, LAPosts: 2,010Member Common
    All good, but PVE please?  We need this is PVE format.  Been asking for 10 years now.
  • KellerKeller UtrechtPosts: 254Member
    Originally posted by Bercilak
    Originally posted by Chrisbox
    I was interested as well up until I read mobile.  You do realize how much that limits your game right? 

    We have run several alpha tests already, in particular with some very well known Darkfall guilds all playing on PC and I think everyone was having lots of fun. AO is a full sandbox MMO with all the necessary features. If a typical MMO feature is not yet implemented it is because we have been in development for just over a year. 

    We have some very senior developers in our team who have done some great magic bringing this game on tablets.

    Kind regards,

    Bercilak

    I hope that these darkfall guilds have warned you for the danger of macros.... players who can instantly change gear and run scripts to cycle through their nukes.

  • inerv01inerv01 Smyrna, DEPosts: 11Member
    been following this a while. Still waiting for them to announce AO for the Surface RT. i need something to do on that paperweight.

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  • MalacthMalacth LiverpoolPosts: 116Member

    Why do people who make Sandboxes believe full loot is a requirement?

     

    Not interested anymore, sounded great as well.

  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,187Member Uncommon

    Unless he intends to restrict combat to 4 on 4, he is wasting his time on mobile devices, there is no way you can pvp with a mobile device beyond very small fights.  Secondly, the computers will dominate any pvp on a mobile device, then adding in full loot, ridiculous.

    Sounds pretty clueless to me.  A developer that ignores limits to technology should not be a developer.

  • GeezerGamerGeezerGamer ChairPosts: 5,590Member Uncommon
    Wait! Wait!...Imma go back and re read this again!
  • AyulinAyulin Mt marion, NYPosts: 334Member
    Originally posted by grimfall
    Originally posted by Bunnyking

    Full loot pvp? Top view?

     

    Moving on... nothing to see here.

    I just love these "I'm not gonna play ur game" posts.  So interesting and informative.  What do they call it, special snowflake syndrome?

    It seems interesting.  I like the art style from the couple screenies posted.  The 5 x 5 guild fights seem rather restrictive though.  That's not even the size of EQ1 groups.

    I love those kinds of posts as well. Reminds me of some old real-life friends of mine; they were a married couple. They disagreed with who won a season of Hell's Kitchen. In indignant protest - as though they were personally insulted - they assured each other of how they "refused to eat in that person's restaurant". I chuckled and said "you make it sound as though they'll be beating your door down, begging you to validate their victory by showing up".

     

    They didn't appreciate that. Didn't talk to me for a little while after that. -shrug- Truth hurts, I guess, even when delivered facetiously.

     

    In any case, the game sounds very interesting! Color me intrigued. I may just request an Alpha invite for myself.

     
  • ComafComaf Chicago, ILPosts: 1,154Member Common
    Originally posted by Bercilak

    We will do our best ;)

    Call me crazy, but how about one server dedicated to a few different realms?  I played Dark Age of Camelot for years, and I've read a few history books and seen a few fantasy movies and I'm getting the feeling that sometimes it's cool to have entire cultures vs each other instead of me logging in and killing the same players and races that are on my team.

     

    Spike tv had an offering called Deadliest warrior.  They pitted people of races and cultures that were different from each other.  The combatants had different martial styles, followed different beliefs and so forth. 

     

    Pvp today is nothing more than gang banging.  You have turf, you get a group of fellows together and take some turf for a short period of time. 

     

    Might as well call modern pvp just a sim of Chicago street gangs.  Same underprivileged kids from the same communities gunning each other down.  No unity among a people that an entire civil rights movement organized to protect and honor. 

     

    So in a nutshell, your product to me at least, is far from epic or grand in scale.  It isn't any different than any other offering.  "Now a days" if you want to be different and stand out above the mediocrity of pvp experiences you should really consider a realm vs realm vs realm (hey why not 4?) mmo where the enemy is for once (drum roll) different.  DIfferences lend to real loyalty and give a new player a sense of immersion and intrigue...

     

     

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  • SirBalinSirBalin Joppa, MDPosts: 1,150Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by elocke
    Full loot yet again.  /sigh  I can already play Mortal Online and Darkfall as well as Eve, why would I choose to play this one?  So tired of the Full Loot mechanic ruining so many potential sandboxes.  SWG didn't have full loot and I had a blast PVPing in that sandbox.

    Lmao, wait...you are acting like full loot is the norm and there are tons of full loot games...

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  • mysticalspammysticalspam prairieville, LAPosts: 64Member
    luv the words FULL LOOT... it just screams we don't care, we only want 10 to 15% of the player base we could have had..... :D

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  • General-ZodGeneral-Zod Zod, CAPosts: 743Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Ayulin
    Originally posted by grimfall
    Originally posted by Bunnyking

    Full loot pvp? Top view?

     

    Moving on... nothing to see here.

    I just love these "I'm not gonna play ur game" posts.  So interesting and informative.  What do they call it, special snowflake syndrome?

    It seems interesting.  I like the art style from the couple screenies posted.  The 5 x 5 guild fights seem rather restrictive though.  That's not even the size of EQ1 groups.

    I love those kinds of posts as well. Reminds me of some old real-life friends of mine; they were a married couple. They disagreed with who won a season of Hell's Kitchen. In indignant protest - as though they were personally insulted - they assured each other of how they "refused to eat in that person's restaurant". I chuckled and said "you make it sound as though they'll be beating your door down, begging you to validate their victory by showing up".

     

    They didn't appreciate that. Didn't talk to me for a little while after that. -shrug- Truth hurts, I guess, even when delivered facetiously.

     

    In any case, the game sounds very interesting! Color me intrigued. I may just request an Alpha invite for myself.

     

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  • bubbabillbubbabill beloit, WIPosts: 80Member
    Pve crowd just give them this game.  let them have the full loot ow pvp.  the 10k players will have a ball and hopefully leave the others games alone
  • observerobserver Houston, TXPosts: 3,006Member Uncommon

    Some of you need better reading comprehension and understanding.  It's in the title!  Cross-Platform, and it's not just for mobile.

    I was interested until i saw that it will be fixed in isometric view.

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