2019 was a banner year for ArcheAge. gamigo launched the Buy-2-Play ArcheAge: Unchained, released the massive Hiram update, and much more. As we head into the Lunar New Year, let’s highlight 2019 with a look back at the year that was. We’ve also got some new details on the second season of the ArchePass, so be sure to read through to the end!
Revamps of the Pirates & Hero Systems
ArcheAge update 5.1 dropped in early January, fully fleshing out the Pirate faction and expanding the power of Erenor’s Heroes. Players could now join the Pirate faction without having to accrue Crime and Infamy points. The overall number of Heroes were reduced, but their power and available content was expanded with the addition of new abilities and quests.
The Story of Hiram Continues
The Relics of Hiram story continued with ArcheAge’s March Update. Players could now learn more about the enigmatic Hiram people by aiding Hiram’s High Priestess in a new quest line. The update also added a new instanced dungeon, the Fall of Hiram City. In the Fall of Hiram City dungeon, players were tasked with rescuing as many villagers as possible, with rewards scaling based on the number of rescued villagers, including Mysterious Hiram Infusion, Honor Points, or Vocation Badges.
The Mystery of Hiram Unfolds in the Eastern Hiram Mountains
ArcheAge’s June update sent players to the Eastern Hiram Mountains, where the story of Hiram continued from where it left off in March. Fighters of Erenor gleaned additional insights into the history of the Hiram by learning of the history of an ancient Hiram ritual. The Abyssal Legion threatened those who dared to explore the region. The update also added the Glorious Hiram Guardian and Radiant Hiram Guardian equipment, new daily quests awarding rare items, a bump in the Ancestral level cap, and new achievements for pet collectors.
ArcheAge Turns Five
ArcheAge celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2019, kicking off a special event in Mirage Isle in late August. Players used provided Glider Boots to fly high into the sky in a new platforming adventure. Those acrobatic enough to make it to the top of the platform were rewarded with coins redeemable for a new title, Bound Serendipity Stone, Bound Radiant Runescribe Quill, and more.
ArcheAge: Unchained Launches
After rounds of public testing, ArcheAge: Unchained, the Buy-2-Play version of ArcheAge, went live alongside the Shadows Revealed update in October.
Players who purchased ArcheAge: Unchained gained access to everything developed for ArcheAge. This version of the game made even the most powerful items available to players who possessed the skill to claim them.
Shadows Revealed updated the game with significant graphical enhancements and visual improvements for the elven race. Additionally, upgraded combat effects allowed for more enjoyable and detailed combat. The Swiftblade, a deadly new skillset, rounded out the update.
Today players of Unchained can enjoy the second ArchePass season!
Looking ahead to 2020, gamigo has some exciting plans for the next season of ArchePass in ArcheAge: Unchained. Here’s what you can expect to find in the three tiers of the new Pass.
For players who’d rather spend their time crafting away, the Vocation ArchePass offers great rewards, including a Grand Prize in form of a Rabbit’s Foot Uniform. The Equipment ArchePass provides plentiful materials and an adorable Baby Penguin upon completion. The Combat ArchePass is a great choice for everyone who wants to fight their way through hordes of enemies and collect great rewards on the way. With their brand-new Triple Engine Hot Air Balloon, they can traverse the lands of ArcheAge: Unchained in style.
The future brings sales on Gold and Archeum packages in ArcheAge: Unchained
The Gold and Archeum package of ArcheAge: Unchained will be 30% off on both Glyph and Steam! The sale will run between January 23 - February 23 on the Glyph Store and January 23 - January 27 in context of the Steam Lunar Sale (both sales start and end at 10 am PST). gamigo will extend the Steam sale starting on January 27 to February 10 (start and ending at 11 am PST). The sale will also be available on the ArcheAge Unchained website. More sales will follow in the coming days in the game shops of ArcheAge and ArcheAge: Unchained.
gamigo got loads more planned for the year ahead. We will keep you updated, as big things are in store for ArcheAge this year!