Recently XLGames made an announcement that ArcheAge is going Free-to-play in Korea on July 3rd. That means, the game doesn’t require a subscription in order to be played. Instead of time cards, players will be able to purchase 30-90 days premium packages that give buyers advantages such as an in-game house, vouchers that you can exchange for buffs and other things.
This might mean that when the game comes to North American, it might launch as a F2P game. On the other hand game might require a box purchase (maybe even a subscription at first) and shift to a F2P Model a few months later, in order for Trion and XLGames to realize a little extra profit early on.