ArcheAge China Closed Beta Trailer Looks Amazing

ArcheAge is about to enter closed beta in China, but no North American or European release is in sight.

ArcheAge is entering closed beta in China on May 22, and publisher Tencent is ready to get started. The trailer above may be in Chinese, but it's still a sight to behold whether you're already looking forward to the game or haven't even heard of it until now.

ArcheAge is a Korean-developed sandbox MMORPG with a high emphasis on creating your own adventure. Players are able to farm, build their own homes and trade ships, and traverse dangerous terrain to trade in other territories. Along with all this, there are several other side activities to explore to get away from the game's normal hustle and bustle.

With the Korean servers live and the Chinese version entering closed beta next week, I have to ask: When are we going to see the North American or European beta phases?

Trion Worlds picked up the Western publishing rights earlier this year but have been tight-lipped on the project since. With Defiance already free to play and RIFT entering the no-subscription fray in June, it's almost a sure bet that ArcheAge will be free to play under Trion's management. The Chinese version of the game is also F2P, with the Korean version retaining the pay to play payment model.

If this is your first time hearing of ArcheAge, be sure to check out the two English (1) (2) sites for the game as well as the trailer in the header of this article and the one below. There is a lot to look forward to in this purely sandbox MMO, even if half of the promised features come to fruition. Having been in development 7 years, it's hard to imagine most of the promised features wouldn't make it to retail.

(The castle siege feature seen in this trailer was added to the Korean version last month!)

(Via MMO Culture)

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Published May. 17th 2013

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