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Disney Dreamlight Valley to leave Early Access as a paid game

Gameloft's life-sim starring Disney's array of characters is going to cost you when it leaves Early Access in December.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

October 27, 2023

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Belle and Wall-E with the player character for Gameloft's Disney Dreamlight Valley.
Image via Gameloft.

Disney Dreamlight Valley is leaving Early Access on December 5. And when it does, players will have to pay money for it. 

The life-sim game was originally meant to transition to a free-to-play model with its 1.0 release, but Gameloft has now said that is no longer be the case. The developer stated the non-move will allow the game to "continue delivering on a premium game experience."

While it varies whether a game will be paid or free-to-play after exiting Early Access, it isn't often that a developer says their game will be free-to-play and then reverses that stance. Currently, the game is priced at $30 on PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. 

On December 5, its retail versions will range from a digital-only $40 (for the core game) to $70 (includes an Expansion Pass, in-game cosmetics and currency). That expansion will also be available separately for $30.

Regarding the in-game Moonstones, Gameloft assured that players' purchases requiring the currency will "remain optional, fair, and match the level of quality players have come to expect." 

While in Early Access, Disney Dreamlight Valley reached over a million players in 10 days. It's also notably one of the first big recent video games centered on Disney characters rather than the brands owned under the Disney umbrella.

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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