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Disney Dreamlight Valley, Gameloft’s cozy life simulation game featuring prominent characters from various Disney franchises, will no longer be free to play once its early access period concludes. Instead, the game’s developer has made the decision to make it a paid game, as this choice apparently ensures that players will be given a premium experience for the foreseeable future. This surprising revelation comes as part of the developer’s recent announcement regarding the game’s future now that its official release is closer than ever.
According to their lengthy statement, the official launch is set to take place on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, during which Gameloft will also be releasing their new paid expansion pass called Disney Dreamlight Valley: A Rift in Time. Based on the graphic they provided, the upcoming DLC will not only contain new biomes and gameplay features but also new characters, such as Gaston and Rapunzel. More details regarding the expansion will be revealed through a live stream on November 1, 2023.
In addition, Gameloft also gave players a look at the different editions they can purchase to gain access to the game upon release. The Standard Edition will, of course, be the cheapest option, costing only $39.99. Naturally, this version will contain the base game, along with 8,000 Moonstones, which you can use to unlock additional accessories and cosmetics.
The next available variant is the Cozy Edition, which is priced at $49.99. In addition to being the game’s only Physical version, purchasing this edition also provides 14,500 Moonstones and several goodies, including a sticker sheet and a poster. Finally, you can also get the Gold Edition if you want to splurge a bit more. Priced at $69.99, this premium version contains the base game and the expansion pass. It also provides you with 15,000 Moonstones and three exclusive items you can use to decorate your Valley.
Player reaction towards this announcement has surprisingly been positive, as most prefer it being a paid game instead of a free one peppered with frustrating microtransactions. No matter what your stance on this revelation is, though, you won’t have to wait too long now to play through the entire Disney Dreamlight Valley experience for yourself.
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