If you're at all into fantasy MMORPG's, Albion Online should be somewhere on your radar. I've fiddled around a bit in the closed beta and it's definitely scratching all the right itches for me. If nothing else, the idea of playing the game on your PC/Mac, needing to go somewhere, and picking off exactly where you left off on your mobile device is super cool. I'm superbly reluctant to invoke comparisons of Ultima Online, but at least on the surface level, it feels pretty similar.

What sets Albion Online apart from a lot of these modern MMORPG's is that it totally isn't just a generic fantasy game with knights, armor, trolls, and all those typical tropes. Instead, they're putting a ton of stock in fully fleshing out the lore side of the universe. They've got a full timeline on their site of history of the game's universe, which segues into an actual book they've released in both paperback and eBook formats.

Even cooler than that, the book not only tells the tale of Albion Online's world, but it also includes the adventures of some players and guilds from the actual game. It feels a little like fan service, for sure, but it's also really neat. Stuff like this makes Albion Online feel worth getting excited for, as if they're dumping so many resources into the game that they've even got people writing books about it... It seems like a good sign.

Albion Online has only been in closed beta for a couple months, but if you want to jump in right now you can buy one of their premium accounts, otherwise just hold on to your hats and keep an eye on TouchArcade for when the game is finally properly released.

  • cabuckn

    Im genuinely excited for this game, and have been for a long time.

  • ffaust

    Why do companies charge to have their game beta tested?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Because they can.

    • https://twitter.com/YuiKaosu YuiKaosu

      Your not paying for beta your pre-paying for cash shop items.

      Some asian company started doing it when publishing their game in the west and now pretty much every pc mmo has paid beta

    • Mr_ C_

      It's a win/win..

      Company needs revenue AND beta testers.

      Many players are willing to part with a small amount of money ($29-99 in the case) to (a) get an early preview of the game and (b) be pros by the time the game launches (even if there is a hard reset and they have to start over, knowing the game is a huge advantage).

      It's not for everyone, but that's kind of the point.

  • Tone1978

    So if I pay to play the beta, can I play with my iPhone? Or is the closed beta for computer only

    • https://twitter.com/YuiKaosu YuiKaosu

      No, the paid beta is pc only

    • Repulsa

      Yeah that's what I wanna know

    • M0rdresh

      No you cannot, Apple does not allow beta on the App Store.
      So no beta or early access on iOS. There is an Android version though.

    • Mr_ C_

      Android only. And I might be wrong but I think it's supposed to be a tablet only game.

  • Bloodangel

    They removed iPhone support though 🙁

    • JohnnyB82

      No they didn't.

  • Michael Gevins

    It's basically the unofficial sequel to Dark Age of Camelot, since those people who designed this, left Mythic after EA took over. It's looking pretty nice with all the RvR, PvE and crafting galore that made DAoC work so well.

    • ffaust

      Didn't know that, interest is peaked for sure. Is iPhone support going to be there or not? Concerned about buying a game because it's promising multiple device support and having that removed.

      • Michael Gevins

        I'm old and old school oriented, so having multiple devices is confusing to me. A lot of what people loved about the original DAoC was the lore, the crafting, and of course the PvP. It was a ton of fun to go at a fort and capture it back, cross a wild frontier on the look out for dungeons and opposing realm players. This could be a a WoW killer...

      • Tuzzo

        It's just planned for tablets on mobile devices: android Tab with OS version 2.3.1 with 7" screen or at least an iPad Air 2 with iOS 8, though closed beta is not available on iOS.

    • Bloodangel

      I used to play DAoC... Think it was my first mmorpg... And still my favourite.
      I was really looking forward to this, until they took Iphone support away 🙁

      Looks like Diablo/ultima set in DAoC universe?

      • Tuzzo

        Diablo is a fast paced hack-n-slash type of game, this is a MMORPG, so it's more like Ultima Online (visually speaking only; I hope they got rid of weeks of boring mining to increase strength and craft a crappy sword, risking of being killed every 5 minutes by a high level jerk passing by. That's the only thing I can remember about Ultima Online)

      • speetz

        There were good things about ultimate, especially in its heyday; it really felt like a breathing world created by the players. They should have handled the high level ppl killing new players thing differently. Regardless, this looks super dope. Hope o have a machine to play on hen it comes out

      • speetz

        Ultima I mean... Auto correct

    • http://gringokillers.com AwfulCitizen

      No it's not... Have you even played this game? I have played on all their alphas and the winter closed beta... The game has so many elements broken, Bercilak (the ceo of the company making the game) had to announce pushing the release all the way to August 2016.

      It's good they are taking their time to fix the game, as it was unrealistic of them to think they could have released by March when they wanted to.

      The Crafting is broken. It's a grind of biblical proportions, and the Guild Vs Guild mechanics are also broken...

      GvG in this game, demands you make this game your life, because if GvG is invoked against another group, you better set up your alarm and wake up to defend your territory or you will loose it. Remember this game is a sandbox, and as such the entire world plays on the same server. Which means a guild in Australia an invade a territory from a guild in EST when they are all sleeping, or at work... Making this part of the game very unrealistic to keep up with.

      The only similarity the game has with Diable is the three quarters camera angle view.

      The list goes on...

      They really need to revisit their concept and I think that is what they are doing at the moment.

    • JohnnyB82

      Completely false.

  • yaboyfreeze

    Can't wait to play this I don't want to be too far behind so I keep checking this page 😂