Disney Dreamlight Valley will not be free-to-play when it leaves the Early Access phase it is currently in.
Gameloft has revealed that the popular game will stop being in Early Access on December 5, but that when it does, it will maintain the current price, instead of becoming free as initially announced. More expensive editions will also go on sale, one in physical format and another special one with in-game currency and extra cosmetic elements.
As if this were not enough, a paid expansion has also been announced, which will have a price of thirty dollars. A Rift in Time, which will be its title, will include new biomes and characters, and its official presentation will take place on November 1.
Disney Dreamlight Valley was released into early access in early September 2022, with versions for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
The game, which can currently only be purchased through the Founder’s Pack, was scheduled to move to the free-to-play model, which is why monetization elements such as a premium in-game store have been added throughout this year. or a monthly season pass. Although it will now be a paid game, it seems that Gameloft will retain all those elements.
According to the company, “as we get closer to the official launch, with what we have learned from early access we have made the decision to remain a paid game in the future. This means that we will not be transitioning to free-to-play when the game leaves early access on December 5.”
“This will ensure that Disney Dreamlight Valley can continue to offer a premium gaming experience to players. It is important for us to keep our promise to continue offering free updates with new characters, kingdoms, clothing, furniture and other surprises.”
Regarding in-game purchases, Gameloft says that “it will continue to be optional, fair and with the quality that players expect”, but the decision to preserve the elements that had been designed for the transition to free-to-play in a product that finally it will be paid, it has not sat well with the community.