ArcheAge, You Should Give It Another Try
First of all, Trion went back on their own words regarding their no tricks, to traps policy. Defend them as you wish, but they went back on this promise when they started including items they swore would never appear in the cash shop, turned craftable items into cash shop items, and even failed to deliver a founder pack reward (cash shop discount). They recently even, intentionally or not, admitted that the game was Pay-to-Win.
Next was it’s tagline that most of you should be familiar with now: Craft, Claim, Conquer. Sure you can craft, but are greatly limited by rare ingredients and absurd profession requirements (alchemy being worse off than the other professions). Claim? If you don’t want to spend hundreds of gold to buy some land, you can always go on a dead server to find some. As for conquering, it did exist for a while. But soon enough, you had to swipe your credit card to upgrade your gear and be good enough.
A few days later, the game went launched for free players as well. Honestly, no one expected it to go well. We all knew the server would get overpopulated and the queues would be a disaster. But clearly, Trion didn’t, or they simply didn’t care. I’ll be crude, I didn’t care either. While the free players were stuck in their queues of 2000 - 3000 players, I was rather comfortable in my patron one. They even made it so that you kept your slot in the game if you got disconnected, so the experience wasn’t entirely bad for me.
What really went wrong was Auroria. I had been excited about this update for weeks. I wanted it to happen ASAP. I sold all my land with the desire to relocate there, and spent gold on buying designs and materials. On the promised day I was both excited and nervous. I knew I would probably have to fight to CLAIM some land, but I was confident I could do it. But of course, things didn’t go as planned. I still don’t get how they managed to mess up an update that was already live in other versions of the game, but they did. Myself and a number of other players were unable to login. The issue went on for hours, and by the time we were finally able to get on, all the land was gone. I was upset, bitter. A whole week of preparation and I ended up with nothing. So I left. I gave away the Apex I had left, some of my gear, and worker’s compensation pots.
My return was also rewarded with a number of Homecoming gifts (most having a timer of 30mins), including Heroic equipment, an Apex Squall, and Fishing Longliner, and so on.
So yes, if you are one of those that left the game for any reason whatsoever give it another try, preferably before the 3.0 launch so that you can have a good idea of the end game and decide if you would like to invest your time into the game again.