Sandbox Interactive has released a new developer diary dealing with one of the more intriguing mechanics in their sandbox MMORPG; laborers. Players will build and own their own homes in the game, and will be able to hire NPCs to do work for them, chiefly gathering resources.
The way the mechanic works is that first you hire an NPC, choosing either one of the gathering professions, a mercenary or one of the four crafters. The player then receives a journal to fill out as a sort of instruction manual for their hireling. For example, a woodcutter's journal will have the player going out and cutting wood. Once the journal is filled, the player returns it to the woodcutter, who will then go off for 8 hours and come back with wood he's cut himself.
However, laborers need to be happy, not just paid, so players will have to get them furnishings in your house that will make them feel relaxed and content, such as their own bed and a place at the dinner table. The higher level they are, the fancier they'll want their furniture. "A master gatherer will not be content with a broken wooden stool," warns the developer. The happier the laborer, the better their production is.
Albion Online will be going into closed beta on 23 November 2015. Players who purchase a Founder's Pack get automatic inclusion into the beta.