In an official blog update, Disney Dreamlight Valley developers Gameloft have announced the life sim will leave Early Access on December 5, alongside a new paid expansion pass called A Rift in Time.

In an important footnote, Dreamlight Valley has also officially scrapped plans to launch as free-to-play game:

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. This means we will not make the transition to be a free-to-play game when we leave Early Access on December 5th.

This choice ensures that Disney Dreamlight Valley will be able to continue delivering on a premium game experience for all players. 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.

With the transition to 1.0, Founder’s Packs will no longer be available. Dreamlight Valley will be available via a standard digital edition ($39.99), a Gold Edition that includes the Expansion Pass ($69.99), and a physical Cozy Edition, which includes some in-game goodies ($49.99).

The Expansion Pass can also be purchased separately for existing players, for $29.99.

What is this first-ever Expansion? We don’t know yet, but Gameloft will reveal A Rift in Time through an exclusive showcase on November 1st.

Disney Dreamlight Valley is available on PC, PlayStation, Switch, and Xbox consoles. It’s rated E for Everyone.


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