ArcheAge is an MMORPG developed by Korean developer Jake Song (former developer of Lineage) and his development company, XL Games. The game was released in Korea on January 15, 2013, Europe and North America on September 16, 2014, and has also had a closed beta in China. ArcheAge is described as a “sandpark” MMORPG, which the developers say is a hybrid of the open content style of a “sandbox” game and the more structured play experience of a “themepark” game.
Archeage features a zoneless world with first or third person view. In addition to traditional combat settings, ArcheAge offers naval combat in such settings where players have to secure trade routes or engage in sea-land battles. Ships need to be built and equipped with weaponry and manpower and fights can be between players or against sea monsters. Many of the game zones allow for open world PvP. Players can freely attack other players who are members of the other factions (East, West or Pirate). The crafting system in ArcheAge is extensive, allowing crafting of, among other things, equipment, food, vehicles, and furniture for the player-owned homes. Crafting grants players “proficiency” levels, which unlock new crafting options.