Two weeks ago, ArcheAge Team members returned from visiting the developers in Korea where both XLGames and Trion Worlds jointly decided it best to launch the game in North America and Europe with Patch 1.2. If you haven't yet, be sure to read our announcement on the topic, then come back and read the rest of this article!
We've been hard at work getting ready for the release of Patch 1.2 on Alpha and are actively QA testing the build set to go live this week. To differentiate from the Korean naming schema, we'll be calling it ArcheAge Version 1.2, Build 4.1. Due to our hurry to get feedback from players on how the gameplay feels, it will not contain the Trion-specific game changes mentioned previously on the forums (such as Gilda Star rewards for international trade routes).
Full patch notes will be published in both the Alpha and public forums before it hits the Alpha servers. Yes, plural: we'll be spinning up a new Alpha server named Omega with the release of this build. Omega is located in North America rather than Europe due to resources in our Amsterdam server location being used for Beta preparation. This second Alpha server will allow us to test what a pure Version 1.2 environment plays like. At this time, server transfers will not be possible.
As a result of our decision to launch with Version 1.2 content, Beta was postponed by a few weeks. With Alpha testing about to begin, we're glad to announce that Closed Beta Events will be starting in mid-to-late July. These events will last three to five days each with access being granted by random invitation or purchase of a Founder's Pack. We'll be hosting invite giveaways in the coming weeks and will open up European servers during these events. An all-access Open Beta phase will follow these events, after which we'll wipe the servers of all progress and data to begin Head Start and launch later this year.
We're thrilled to have you joining us for ArcheAge's path to launch.