A couple of you requested that I post a video showing off the private islands in Albion Online. Well here you go!
I think I goofed this part in the video so read on. You can purchase a private island once you have enough silver or gold. You can buy a private island fairly cheap once you have the silver, but it also requires that at the time of purchase you be a premium member. To become a premium member, or get premium status, you pay either gold, silver, or real money. Don’t bother paying silver — it’s ridiculous. Pay gold or $15/month.
Once you have premium status, you can buy the island. As of writing this post, you are NOT required to maintain premium status to keep your island. You just need it at the time of purchase.
Once you have your island you can continue paying gold or silver to upgrade. Upgrading adds more lots for building on the island.
Depending on what you want to gear your economy or interests toward, you can put anything from crafting buildings to farms to houses on those lots. I’ve gone for an economy build of sorts with farm land, a stables, and a saddler. I want to raise livestock then sell them as mounts — or something.
So what’s the benefit of a private island you ask? Couple of things.
- Guaranteed space of my own. In the real — open — world, space is somewhat limited. Although the world IS huge, it’s like UO. It’s still finite.
- Guaranteed safety. I do not have to worry about being ganked. Again, think stepping outside your house in UO when there are gankers about.
What’s the downside? Mainly resources. The real, open world out there has the resources you need. Your private island has T1 resources. It’s more of a place to play farmville safely. I’m a fan.
I’ll develop this character’s island a bit more and showcase it for you in video. I’ll even show a bit of the process I go through to collect resources.
Any questions about Albion Online, housing, islands, crafting, etc? I’m happy to answer. Despite the game not launching (or coming close) until later this year, I am starting to pick it back up and play more. Sorta one of those moth of a flame things for me… it’s beta, but it’s fun.
Want to jump in and play during closed beta? Visit the official site to purchase a founders pack.