Epic Games has announced that its MOBA Paragon will be entering early access on March 18, with the game’s Founder’s Packs set to go live on March 14.
The $19.99 Founder’s Packs will include access to the game, skins, boosts, and other cosmetic items that can be unlocked by playing. According to the developer, these packs offer “insanely good value” and “huge discounts” on in-game items. Explaining its reasons for offering Founder’s Packs and early access, Epic wrote:
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.
Also on offer are Challenger Packs ($59.99) and Master Packs ($99.99), the complete details for which will be made available soon. In the meantime, we’ve been told that they will come with “a huge number of skins, unlockable items, boosts, a unique skin, and a Founder’s Pack to give to a friend.”
In the same press release Epic also announced that all Heroes in Paragon will be free and cards can only be earned by playing the game. While the developer will sell cosmetic and “convenience” items, Paragon will “never” by pay-to-win.
Paragon is coming to the PlayStation 4 and PC sometime this year. A free open beta will take place in the summer and if you’d like to sign up for that, head over here.