Sandbox Interactive, the developer of the cross-platform sandbox MMORPG Albion Online, is preparing for the upcoming Closed Beta this November by adding new features and modifying the existing ones in order to offer the Albion community the best possible experience. Their most recent blog post The Land Auction System introduces the new land auction system which replaces the previous upkeep payment, and explains how the changes will make the whole land ownership process more engaging.
The land auction starts one week before the end of any lease applying a maximum bid system: players enter the maximum amount of silver they are willing to spend on a plot. Even though the bids of current plot owners count double, it is possible for other players to increase their bid in the first six days of the auction. On the seventh day, only the current owner of a plot is allowed to increase the bid to prevent them from being “sniped” at the last second. By winning the auction, current owners will be granted a land lease extension of four or eight weeks. If the current owner is outbid, the plot ownership changes with the previous owner getting a percentage of the winning bid as a compensation.
The goal of the auction system is to prevent a constant blockade of building plots and to give novice players joining a fair chance at owning a desirable building space. Theoretically, now players can purchase any plot – as long as they are able to outbid the previous owner, encouraging a more fluid market and also bringing some additional “economic PvP” into the game
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/.
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.