When Will Disney Dreamlight Valley Be Free to Play

Want to know the Disney Dreamlight Valley release date? More than three months have passed since the release of Disney Dreamlight Valley. The life-sim adventure inspired by Nintendo’s Animal Crossing games has quickly become a smashing hit, amassing fans across all platforms. However, the game is still in early access, which you need to pay to play. In this guide, we investigate possible dates when will Disney Dreamlight Valley become free to play.

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When Will Disney Dreamlight Valley Be Free to Play

Disney Dreamlight Valley Free to Play Release Date

Wondering when is Disney Dreamlight Valley’s full release date? Gameloft, the game’s developers, released the game as an early access title across all major platforms on September 6th, 2022. And while DDV is intended to be a free-to-play game, if you want to play in the early access period, you’ll need to purchase a “Founder’s Pack” or have an active Xbox Game Pass subscription. Thus, the game is effectively not free at the moment. So, when will Disney Dreamlight Valley be free?

For now, we know that the developers confirmed that Disney Dreamlight Valley will launch as a free-to-play game in 2023. But when exactly – that’s yet to be announced. When the game entered early access, the developers announced two major updates for early access – the Toy Story update and the Scar update. Both of these updates were successfully released in 2022. And developers now promise “more free updates to come in 2023”.

These free updates for 2023 were announced as a part of the Disney Dreamlight Valley early access roadmap. Thus, it’s safe to assume that we will get at least two more major updates during early access before the full release. Update 1 was released on October 19th, a month and a half following the early access release. And Update 2 was released on December 6th. Again, roughly a month and a half after the first update.

Based on this cadence, the next big early access update could be released in late January or early February. And then the final early access update in late March. This would put Disney Dreamlight Valley Free-to-Play release date somewhere in May 2023. It’s important to note that nothing is official. These are only our predictions – we estimate that Disney Dreamlight Valley will become free in May or June 2023.

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