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It's basically just a client update. The current players don't have to pay anything additional to play, and the old game is no longer up and running. This happens every time they want to add new features to the game world. I'm not quite sure what they added between 1 and 2 (I don't really play this game that often), but I'm sure there's some new feature that will require an overhaul. In fact, you don't pay for the software, you pay a subscription only. So it really doesn't matter that they release a new one since you don't have to buy a box.
I believe that unlike traditional MMORPGs with a persistent world, ATITD has a fixed ending point dependent on either the objectives that have been set being met or a pre-determined time-scale. Forget about comparing it to other games on the market because ATITD really does feature dynamics that are revolutionary by MMORPG standards.
I was thinking about trying out ATITD during its next iteration (ATITD 3, I think?) because although I like traditional MMORPGs, I think Vanguard (if it delivers) may well be my last. I want something completely different: a genuine sandbox game or a product like ATITD.
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Originally posted by Riotgirl
You should check out somthing like Adellion or Trials of asension although both are gunna be in development forever Vangaurds also good basically my only hope left for a commercial mmorpg currently.
A Tale in the Desert has a set of goals that must be accomplished by a fixed date (though that date is never absolutely known in advance). Seven monuments must be built and "christened" by one leader of each of seven disciplines, each of which has seven trials to complete. Each iteration of A Tale in the Desert starts over from scratch.
It is a very unique game.