As the closed beta of the cross-platform sandbox MMORPG Albion Online draws closer, developer Sandbox Interactive continues its open communication with the Albion community by regularly publishing updates on development progress. Their latest developer blog post State of the Game – September gives an overview of graphics and gameplay features as well as important changes they have been busy implementing into the Albion universe over the past month.
In addition to already announced graphical developments such as the multi-character login-screen, the firewall and the firecone, the developers introduced an overhaul of the world map by adding new icons to improve the overall visual look and feel.
Sandbox Interactive revealed a completely revamped armor system. From now on, armor above Tier 4 will be split in subcategories – light, medium and heavy – requiring the developers to create many new armor graphics and modify the existing ones. Likewise, a whole new set of models and work animations were created for the new hirable non-player characters for resource collection, the Laborers.
As for gameplay, after completing countless internal tests, both the combat and skillshot systems have been rebalanced, resulting in a far more balanced experience. The introduction of Warcamps will spice up the guild versus guild combat and with the new dueling system in place, Albion Online will offer an additional playground for small-scale PvP. Players will also get to enjoy more tactical variety with the addition of a bunch of neat new spells. Finally, Albion Online received the long-awaited multi-language support, which will definitely improve the communication experience within the remarkably international community.
About Albion Online
Albion Online is a cross-platform medieval style sandbox MMO. The free MMO offers players an extensive character customization system with no class restrictions, a completely player-driven economy and dynamic PvP battles. The action of the open game world revolves around sieging, claiming and defending territories. Albion Online will be released as a free-to-play title on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android in Q1 2016. You can find more information on the website at http://albiononline.com/
About Sandbox Interactive GmbH
Sandbox Interactive is an independent development studio founded in January 2012 and is based in Berlin, Germany, currently employing 25 full-time and 9 freelance programmers and designers on their cross-platform sandbox MMO Albion Online. Sandbox Interactive follows the belief that the creation of your own world and interaction with other players are paramount to entertainment – and, that these ideas are truly brought to life in the sandbox genre. With Albion Online, they are making a game with compelling gameplay and the player’s experience squarely in the foreground.