To prevent a constant blockade of building plots and also to give players joining Albion Online later a fair chance at owning a desirable building space, Sandbox Interactive has introduced a new system – the land auction system and changed how land is acquired and kept in the world of Albion Online. Players now can purchase any plot – as long as they are able to outbid the previous owner.
Building plots in cities start as “unclaimed” and can be purchased for a certain silver fee. The plot will then be considered “owned”. The owner then can erect crafting stations and houses on the plot.
Compared to the summer alpha, player will not have to pay upkeep on your owned plots anymore. Instead, all owned plots, come up for auction in fixed intervals.
One week before the end of any lease interval, the bidding on the plots will start. The auction will utilize a maximum bid system: you enter the maximum amount of silver you would be willing to invest for a plot. If somebody else also wants to acquire the plot, your own bid is adjusted up until your maximum bid. If you are the current owner of the plot, your bids count double.
Naturally, you can always increase your maximum bid – given you have the silver available. This bidding period will last for six days. On the seventh day, only the current owner of the plot is able to increase his bid to prevent him from being „sniped“ at the last second.