It's taken a while (probably an understatement), but VALOFE has gotten its act together and moving Atlantica Online forward. When VALOFE took over the game, they didn't seem to understand the game or player base. Most of the initial events were login events, where stuff is given away simply for logging in.
Now they've had 3 successful events in a row that made players active and happy. Infinity Challenge, Heart of a Fisherman and now Spooky Ghost Town, were all highly successful and rewarded players for their time with excellent rewards; mounts, accessories, mercenaries, mercenary skill books, licenses, some of these tradeable, others not, and all with stats that appealed to even the best geared players in the game.
VALOFE also seems to be listening to the player base. They are actively fixing bugs and implementing suggestions, and looking to provide content that interests players.
It's an excellent time to play Atlantica Online, as a new or returning player. While the game has an Item Mall, as I have stated before, you can be very successful, reach the max level (currently 170), participate in all game content (no content is behind a pay wall).
Atlantica Online is a unique game with 13 main classes, 70+ mercenaries and 250+ skills.
, where I am one of the editors. We recently added assessments for each mercenary, including cost of ownership, which should help players understand expenses associated with each mercenary.
I look forward to seeing you in game (if you roll a char on server Sikyon). Since the game is free, all you have to lose is some time and you could gain a new game you love or at least a unique gaming experience.
Did I mention it's FREE? ;-)