Disney Dreamlight Valley Won’t Be Free-To-Play After All

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Disney Dreamlight Valley won’t be free-to-play when the game leaves early access.

Despite plans to do so, developer Gameloft announced on Friday that the game will remain a paid title when it fully launches on December 5.

“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 studio said in a post on the game’s website. “This means we will not make the transition to be a free-to-play game when we leave Early Access on December 5th.” 

The game has been available since September 2022 and has cost $29.99 since its launch in Early Access with the promise of going free-to-play.

“This choice ensures that Disney Dreamlight Valley will be able to continue delivering on a premium game experience for all players,” the studio added about keeping the game paid. “It’s important to us that we maintain our promise to keep delivering free content updates that add new characters, realms, clothing, furniture, and more surprises to your Valley.

“Purchases requiring moonstones will remain optional, fair, and match the level of quality players have come to expect. Players will still be able to collect free Moonstones via Dream Snaps and Chests, or optionally choose to purchase them.” 

As far as the price of the game, it won’t remain at $29.99 much longer. That price will increase when the game fully launches in December, with the core game being $39.99. There will also be two higher-tiered editions to buy: the Cozy Edition for $49.99 and the Gold Edition for $69.99. Each comes with its own extra benefits.

There will also be an expansion pass called A Rift in Time that is included in the Gold Edition of Disney Dreamlight Valley or purchased separately for $29.99. A Rift in Time will be revealed during a special showcase on November 1.

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