The Animal Crossing-esque Disney Dreamlight Valley has been in early access since September 2022, and it's soon to be making its full, proper launch in the very near future. However, plans have changed regarding its payment model; when it releases, it'll cost $39.99 instead of, erm, zero.
Initially planned to be a free-to-play game, developer Gameloft has made the decision to sell Disney Dreamlight Valley for a premium. When it leaves early access on 5th December, 2023, new players will need to buy in, with $39.99 being the price for the standard edition.
"As we look ahead to the official launch, with the learnings we've gained from Early Access, we’ve made the decision to remain a paid game for the foreseeable future," the team writes in a blog post. "This choice ensures that Disney Dreamlight Valley will be able to continue delivering on a premium game experience for all players."
For anyone who has already bought an early access Founder's Pack, nothing really changes. Anyone who purchases a Founder's Pack on or before 4th December will be given free access to unique cosmetic items from the game's Gold Edition, plus a bonus 2,500 Moonstones.
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