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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cryptic to make Champions Online MMO free-to-play


At the beginning of September Cryptic Studios was celebrating the first anniversary of Champions Online going live. Early next year gamers will be celebrating not having to pay a subscription to play the MMO anymore.

Cryptic and publisher Atari have decided to switch to a free-to-play model for the superhero MMO. Revenue will be generated from an in-game store using real-world money converted to whatever currency the game uses. A subscription option will still exist, classed as “Gold status”, which will allow access to additional content and features that have yet to be defined.

Although no specific date for the switch has been given beyond Q1 2011, Cryptic will begin testing on November 9 with a set of existing players.

The decision by Cryptic comes after seeing a number of other high-profile MMOs switch to the freemium model. The most recent of those has been Lord of the Rings Online and Everquest II

Mac's Opinion:


With so many MMOs switching to free-to-play you have to wonder if we will ever see a subscription-only MMO released again. The only company that could release one with a lot of confidence is Blizzard, and that will probably be what happens with World of Warcraft II or whatever else they have planned in the near future.

I’m sure it used to be the case that free-to-play meant everything was free and there was the option of a shop to buy stuff rather than earn it by playing. Now that seems to have expanded to include optional subscriptions for extra content or more features. They are optional, but for the player who’s hooked on a game they are probably a must-have as well as spending money in-game regularly. Ultimately some players will end up spending more than a monthly subscription would have cost.

If free-to-play didn’t work then we wouldn’t see a growing number of publishers switching to use it. You have to wonder how many of these games the market can sustain, though?

29 comments:

razortek said...

wow seems rlly a good game

Astra said...

i would like to try it out!

The Lazy Geographer said...

Played City of Heroes for a long while, but I couldn't stand this game. It just played weird, and a lot of the powers were poorly defined and/or designed.

Ishu said...

Looks good, and If it is for free better!

Touch and Feel said...

Seems like a very good game.

I'm a big fan of free-to-play, with the option to purchase extra features. That way the casual player can enjoy the game, and probably plunk down a good amount of money in the process.

Dbankai said...

Sweet gotta love free stuff XD

Robotface Palm said...

free? woo

comradejoker.blogspot.com/ said...

YESS free to play!

Dan said...

I don't think a WoW 2 could ever exist, it would be too difficult to create something that wasn't just a re-hash of something in wow. Also, I sure hope Diablo III is not pay to play; all of this stupid crap about buying in-game items or achievements is disgusting.

Rezden said...

Definitely worth checking out. :) Thanks for the news.

Swift Love said...

now that's a good one!

aZZo said...

soo epic

ModerneFusion said...

reminds me of that Heroes vs Villains game

MTL beer said...

Oh that's awesome, i'll finally be able to try it out.

sfw babes said...

hm wouldnt mind trying it out

MacPCharmony said...

that's good news

Crammarc said...

the only costs are your time, so much time ;)

Banks said...

wow kinda suckes ever since BC

SC2 Strats said...

hmm good news.

happybuffet said...

Free? Guess I'll be giving this game a shot.

Ken said...

From a developers point of view, I really don't like the concept of free-to-play, not to mention the microtransactions systems.. You never know how much you'll earn.. You do when you have monthly subs :P Of course it takes costumers though!

Nikola Begedin said...

Just another MMO not being able to compete with WoW. I'm not saying the game isn't good, but you need a big userbase in order to have a successful subscription model. Pay2Play seems to be the only way right now.

glosey said...

maybe that would make me feel better about raping my daughter.
it would definately take my mind off of her constant screaming.
god.
how long can baby puss bleed anyway?

Longkid said...

I would play it if it was free.

Matte said...

Ill give it a try! Thx!

troykan said...

never played this actually

Fuuuuuuuu said...

omg, nice!

iRetiv said...

if its free ima play it then

Abe said...

Is it a good game?

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