Sandbox Interactive has shared a new video showcasing one of the newest features in their cross-platform MMORPG Albion Online: laborers. The developer describes them as “hirable resource gatherers.” Because building and crafting is a major part of the game, and since that building and crafting requires resources, the gathering process is crucial in the game’s economy. “the labor system fills your house with life and purpose, gives you something to do in your player house.” Says Robin Henkys, the lead game designer.
The developer describes the laborers as NPCs who not only help with resource collection, but bring a purpose to the game’s housing concept. There are several different types of laborers, including gatherers, crafters, and a mercenary. These are available to choose from according to one’s playstyle. As they become more skilled and grow in ability, laborers will want more to be happy, and the player should keep in mind to accommodate them. As the developer says on their site:
“After settling labourers in either a house or a guild hall, players acquire from them a profession-related journal in order to fill it in with notes for labourers to follow while performing their tasks. The more tasks labourers finish, the more proficient they become, which in turn means they become more demanding. In order to keep them content, players need to provide them with appropriate furniture and house decorations.”
The closed beta for Albion Online was recently announced to start later this month, along with a set of new features. The game’s official release date has not been announced, but it will be available on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux.