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Offline Pvt. Grichmann

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So Aion is going free-to-play
« on: December 14, 2011, 07:49:49 PM »
Yeah. Aion is. Starting February. Isn't that just great?

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Re: So Aion is going free-to-play
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2011, 06:32:27 PM »
Aye, i saw this in the email as well...

I *think* that this could well be the future of NCsoft MMO's tbh.

Lineage 2 has also gone F2P, City of Heroes is F2P. Guild Wars is Pay once, Guild Wars 2 is *apparently* using the same model as its predecessor.

Now, will Wildstar Online do the same?
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Re: So Aion is going free-to-play
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2011, 09:57:13 PM »
But why didn't they do the same with TR?

Anyways, doesn't matter anymore.
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Re: So Aion is going free-to-play
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2011, 02:13:15 AM »
As TR even had ammo as a consumable, turning it into a micro-transaction based game would have made a lot of sense: either run repeatable quests in order to have sufficient ammo available or buy it through micro-transaction!
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Re: So Aion is going free-to-play
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2011, 06:15:28 AM »
I'm guessing TR was on the wrong side of the whole F2P wave that started up around then. That and NC Soft wanted to cannibalise the servers for Aion.

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Re: So Aion is going free-to-play
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2011, 11:58:09 AM »
Yet Aion still failed.

Still, the free-to-play model might be the future for everything these days. The Old Republic may quite possibly be the last major subscription-based MMOG.

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Re: So Aion is going free-to-play
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2011, 03:13:53 PM »
I'm guessing TR was on the wrong side of the whole F2P wave that started up around then. That and NC Soft wanted to cannibalise the servers for Aion.

Have to agree with the 1st part. It actually takes quite a while to plan *what* to give away as F2P and what to put into a store, and what to allow to subscribers, and what they should pay for.

DnD Online/Unlimited apparently spent 1 year planning their change and coding it... now of course, depending on the size of your dev team, you can also pump out *normal* content at the same time (kind of essential, because no new content for 12 months = stagnent game and people leaving). The TR dev team did go through a phase of losing staff and also swapping development leads, which makes it harder to keep a consistent chain, churn out content *AND* also work on the back end stuff.

If they had given TR 3 (or even 2) years life, then i could see the prep work for F2P starting after 9 months life and *still* being able to hit the deadline of getting new stuff out and launch F2P.
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Re: So Aion is going free-to-play
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2011, 11:32:22 AM »
No wander... The game looked pretty but become boring pretty fast. Dunno why.