In the ancient days, our ancestors used to live on a highly civilized continent, but they had to flee to East and West without a reason we know about.
In ArcheAge, you begin playing two thousand years later, and you must find the cause of that big disaster, while simultaneously quenching your curiosity, enjoying the game and exploring the world.
In the beginning of the development, XLGames has invited a well known Korean novelist Min Hee Jun to write the storyline. So we can expect a quite interesting quest line with special stories in the open world.
Erenor, the world of Archeage Online, boasts a huge map, bigger than World of Warcraft's. The map currently consists of 3 continents, Haranya to the east, Nuia to the west, and Auroria to the north. There are 2 factions in the game, which are at war with each other. These factions occupy the 2 lower islands which make up the game's Realm Vs Realm content. The Middle island is an isle devoted to PvP and it's many forms since it is not owned by a faction but by players. The said isle is meant to house Guild wars and the such since the players have to fight each other for control of the territory.
The map, further, is divided into regions and instances. There are Dungeons in the game, several ocean areas, and two instanced miscellaneous areas. One of the miscellaneous areas is Mirage Island, where all manner of Houses, boats, and furniture may be bought. The seamless map design makes it hard to distinguish when you enter a new region, although you will know when your map changes. This means that if you aren't paying attention it's easy to get lost, but at the same time it's easy to find a nice and comfortable site to build your house as each region on the Eastern and Western continent has housing locations.