When Disney Dreamlight Valley was first announced, it was revealed to be a free-to-play game after its Early Access launch period.
However with the announcement of when the full release is set for the game, developer Gameloft gave some bad news alongside it. When the game exits early access in December, it will not be a free-to-play game as expected.
“With the learnings we’ve gained from Early Access, we’ve made the decision to remain a paid game for the foreseeable future,” Gameloft said. “This choice ensures that Disney Dreamlight Valley will be able to continue delivering on a premium game experience for all players.”
With this announcement, the game also revealed its first paid expansion, which is set to release on the same day as the full launch. It’ll cost an extra $29.99 on top of requiring the base game, which at its base price is $39.99.
There will also continue to be purchases requiring moonstones, the game’s premium currency, that the developers say will remain “optional, fair, and match the level of quality” players come to expect. The currency can also continue to be collected in lesser quantities for free, through exploration.
Disney Dreamlight Valley has been available across Windows PC (via Steam, the Microsoft Store, and the Epic Games Store), Mac, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. The full release is set for December 5, 2023.