ArcheAge Head Start Begins Today

The public ArcheAge release date is still Sept. 16, but if you’re one of the purchasers of an ArcheAge Founder’s Pack you can start playing today.

Head start begins today at 10:00 AM PDT and runs until 8:00 AM PDT  on Tuesday, September 16, according to Trion Worlds. Of course, since there isn’t any wipe after head start, because that would defeat the purpose, it doesn’t really end. There will be a 2 hour break and then players can join the full game at 10 AM PDT.

There’s no new client to download if you played the open beta, just a patch. The patch brings the game up to Version 1.2 Build 4.9 and includes several changes. It does look like Trion has listened to fan complaints about the drop rate for archeum and cooldown rate for labor potions and made adjustments:

GAMEPLAY
* The drop rate of loot bags from monsters has significantly increased.
* The drop rate of Sunlight Archeum, Moonlight Archeum, and Starlight Archeum from loot bags has been greatly increased.
* The chance of equipment from loot bags has increased from monsters. These items can be salvaged to gain archeum.
* The Solid Shaft recipe is available again, allowing for the construction of fishing boats.

INTERFACE
* The Auction House can now be searched using German and French.

MARKETPLACE
* The Marketplace inventory has been reorganized in terms of Featured Items and categorization of consumables.
* The Character Slot Expansion scroll has been added. Accounts may have a maximum of six character slots per region but a limit of four character slots per server.
* The Workman’s Compensation labor potion has been returned to 12-hour cooldown and price of 300 Credits.
* The Auction House License permitting non-Patrons to create Auction House listings has been added. It is not tradable.

OTHER
* The priority server login queue for Patrons is now even faster.

COMING SOON
* Cosmetic Costumes: A future build will remove the stats from all costumes that are obtained or crafted in-game, much like stats were removed from costumes on the Marketplace. Similar to the normalization of mount speeds, this change is to prevent power creep and stat inflation while also promoting costume choice and preventing “best” items to be wearing to maximize your character’s gameplay.
* Improved Anti-Spam: XLGAMES is delivering a way for us to integrate our internally-developed anti-spam technology which learns over time and then kills spam and spammers before you see either even once. Expect more details on this to be announced next week.

NOTES
* This patch is less than 200MB large from the Open Beta client (8.5GB large as a new installation) and is available for download now from Glyph. Note that Head Start begins September 12 at 10:00 AM PDT (GMT-7).

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