Epic is moving up a gear with their third person MOBA Paragon and taking the game into Early Access this month.
Founder’s Packs are set to go on sale on 14 March an Early Access gets underway on 18 March. Anyone who took part in the alpha testing will be able to play the “Early Access Season” without having to purchase a Founder’s Pack. This means if you’ve been a tester already you are in the Early Access as a reward for helping test.
Another Online Test is scheduled for 7 March and will run for a longer period this time concluding on 12 March.
Epic want to remind everyone how this game works. All heroes are free and cards can only be earned by playing the game. It will never be pay to win. Monetisation will come from the sale of cosmetic items such as skins, emotes, boosts and other “convenient items”.
Epic also released this statement to clarify how the game is going to work.
By buying a Founder’s Pack, you’ll be able to play early, get a great value on in-game content, and help shape the future of the game. Your progress will be persistent – meaning we will not wipe accounts after March 18.
For those of you who have signed up for the beta (almost a million people so far!) – thank you for your support! If you don’t want to buy a Founder’s Pack, we will be holding Beta Weekends during Early Access where you can play Paragon for free.
All Heroes Free, All Cards Earned By Playing
Paragon is designed so that all players can compete and win without ever having to spend money. All Heroes are free, and cards can only be earned by playing the game. The game will never be pay-to-win, meaning we will never sell gameplay-affecting items. We will sell cosmetic items (skins, emotes), boosts and other convenience items, along with Paid Early Access. We’re taking this approach because we believe that competitive games need to be fair for all players.
Why Early Access and Founder’s Packs?
Paragon is still in development. The game is missing features, and some of the content is placeholder. We don’t yet have a lot of features to make it easier to understand for new players, and some systems (for example: cards and deck building) require a lot of patience.
Yet, we really want gamers to be able to opt-in and be here with us from the start, to give feedback and help shape the game. As a way of saying thanks, we’re trying to make Founder’s Packs an insanely good value. If you’re interested in Paragon, buying a Founder’s Pack will get you in-game content at a huge discount from normal prices. During the Early Access Season, we’ll release new (free!) Heroes every three weeks, hold community events, and offer daily and weekly rewards.
Founder’s Packs will cost $19.99, and include access to the game, skins, boosts, and other cosmetic items you can unlock by playing. Challenger Packs ($59.99) and Master Packs ($99.99) will include a huge number of skins, unlockable items, boosts, a unique skin, and a Founder’s Pack to give to a friend. We’ll be sharing complete details soon.
If you’d like to support Paragon, buy a Founder’s Pack on March 14 and jump in early. Or, you can sign up for the Beta at Paragon.com and join us for free in the Summer of 2016.
Thanks again for being a part of the Paragon community. We wouldn’t be here without you. See you in the game!