Details of ArcheAge’s Patron Program

ArcheAge, when it launches in the west, will be a free-to-play game. But if you want to pay, Trion Worlds isn’t going to stop you. It’s set up a special premium tier for players, the Patron program, that gives a bunch of bonuses over normal free accounts, including:

• Bonus online Labor Point regeneration (10 per 5 minutes)
• Offline Labor Point regeneration (5 per 5 minutes)
• Increased maximum Labor Points cap (5000 maximum)
• 10% bonus to all Experience gained through combat or labor usage
• 10% discount on Marketplace purchases
• 5 Loyalty Tokens per day for use in the Loyalty Store (awarded on first login of the day)
• Ability to claim land by placing farms and houses
• Ability to pay in-game taxes on owned property
• Ability to post auctions on the Auction House by default

The simplest way to get this status will be to pay a subscription price for it. Trion says the Patron status should be about the same as Patron statuse for Rift, which costs $15 per month, less if you subscribe for longer periods. There were also be some Patron status time included in Founder’s Packs, and you can buy Patron status with ArcheAge’s premium Credits currency, although these options all include paying real money.

However, free players can obtain patron status with a bit of work, by obtaining an item called APEX.

“APEX, short for ArcheAge Patron Exchange, is an in-game item that can be sold on ArcheAge’s Auction House or traded between players; it grants Credits when consumed by a character. The Credits granted by an APEX can then be spent on any Marketplace purchase, including the 30-day Patron Pass mentioned above. This allows industrious players in ArcheAge to let their gameplay pay for their Patron status without spending real money,” Trion writes.

Trion’s announcement of Patron status caused a bit of controversy, because it seems that when the game launches players will earn less labor points offline than online. You need labor points to do just about anything worth doing in ArcheAge, so they’re a valuable commodity. Users expressed fear that the servers would be clogged up with AFK (Away From Keyboard) players accumulating labor points.

Trion Worlds is holding a livestream today to discuss the issue at 6 p.m. ET, which you can see here.

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