PWE on the release and monetization of Gigantic

Last week’s announcement that Perfect World Entertainment would sign on as a publisher for Gigantic was good news for fans of the MOBA, but it also leads to plenty of questions. What will change with the game’s new publisher, especially in terms of monetization? Staff for both Motiga and Perfect World Entertainment recently took to Reddit to answer questions about the transition, so you don’t need to wonder about it too much.

Monetization is something that still doesn’t seem to be finalized, but it isn’t meant to be predatory or overbearing, with player retention serving as a first goal for the game’s development.

Our focus as PWE is to help bring Gigantic to market and make it accessible to the players. To pull back to the curtain some more, our goal with Gigantic and the launch is very strongly focused on fun. Let’s partner with Motiga to continue the development of something that we as gamers in the company would be proud of and want to play. Monetization will make sense for the game. Our goal is to not have that be predatory to the core values of the game.

There’s also no need to worry if you’ve been enjoying the game on Xbox One instead, as the partnership with Microsoft remains intact. Players and fans can look forward to more open testing on the title planned for later in summer.

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Sorenthaz
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BoredNow Sorenthaz Hounddog74 woolydub The closest comparison imo is probably Tribes which their shooting mechanics were obviously based off of, as in Tribes most of the shots have weight and travel time.   I guess Overwatch does have that to some extent as well with certain heroes.

TiaNadiezja
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TiaNadiezja

Damonvile TiaNadiezja Eh. There is always someone to come between a fool and their money. I’d rather it be the person who gives me free expansions.

BoredNow
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Sorenthaz BoredNow Hounddog74 woolydub IT plays absolutely nothing like TF2 either.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

BoredNow Hounddog74 woolydub Except it’s a first person shooter.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Lights_andMusic Hounddog74 woolydub No, Paladins is a first person shooter.  The only MOBA elements are in the way heroes play and the fact that they have abilities and levels and can use cards with each level to upgrade their performance in various ways.   
If there were a spectrum between MOBAs and Shooters, Overwatch would be easily the furthest towards Shooters/away from MOBAs and Paladins would be close behind Overwatch.   Meanwhile Paragon would be all the way on the MOBA end and Gigantic/Battleborn would be wherever they are in the spectrum.

Sorenthaz
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woolydub They’re all pretty different.
Paragon is a third person MOBA.   Battleborn from what I understand is a first person shooter/action shooter that heavily leans towards the MOBA side.   Gigantic I have no idea about because I haven’t looked at it much.   Overwatch is not a MOBA whatsoever and is very much a first person shooter, the only MOBA element being that characters have abilities and ultimates that function similarly to MOBAs.

Karl_Hungus
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BoredNow Karl_Hungus 
Except most of my dealings with PWE have been with Neverwinter, a Cryptic title. It doesn’t matter who makes the games. PWE publishes them and dictates the business model.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

wjowski prove to military strategists that you cannot win a war in the air?

BoredNow
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BoredNow

Karl_Hungus Cryptic’s titles say otherwise.

BoredNow
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BoredNow

Hounddog74 woolydub Paladins is nothing like TF2. Its basically a third person shooter version of Smite.

wjowski
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wjowski

I mean what else are they going to say?  “We’re gonna do to your wallet what the Luftwaffe did to Great Britain!”?

shadowblender
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shadowblender

Yup, everything will be for sale and all will shit lockboxes upon their death.

Lights_andMusic
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Lights_andMusic

Hounddog74 woolydub I thought Paladins was also a MOBA, no?  I split these out easily as Overwatch is an FPS (capture stuff and shoot people), and the others are MOBAs (killing minions, buying items etc), with paragon having the least cartoony-art style and a more future vibe.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

So basically they stated they are predatory on all of their other games – but this one gets a pass because of fun.

Back to public relations school with you PWE.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

“Monetization will make sense for the game. Our goal is to not have that be predatory to the core values of the game.”
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It’s okay, PWE.
We all know you got five kids to feed.

Hounddog74
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woolydub

Yeah, you really don’t see how different these games are until you play them, which is a huge problem. Battleborn, for example, is absolutely nothing like Overwatch, but you have tons of people who have never played them both claiming the opposite. They share a first person perspective and have different characters and that’s about it. 

Basically Overwatch and Paladins are like TF2. Paragon and Gigantic are more like Smite and Battleborn, other than it’s Capture Mode, isn’t really similar in gameplay to any of them.

Damonvile
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TiaNadiezja I think the avg gamer can navigate their cash shop without having to give up a first born to play the games. The high end players and the ones addicted to gambling…IE never met a lockbox they didn’t want to buy are the ones they are very predatory towards.

TiaNadiezja
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TiaNadiezja

I admit, the only PWE games I’ve played have been from Cryptic, but… I’ve tended to find their games to be among the least predatory in the F2P market. Free content updates, only really pushing through mechanics one major purchase per character (and that costing less than a boxed game), and a cash shop that can, apart from selling/discarding a stack of lockboxes every so often, be mostly ignored.

woolydub
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woolydub

Is it just me or do Gigantic, Battleborn, Paragon(s?) and Overwatch all seem like a blur of roughly the same thing even though they totally aren’t? There’s another game that should be in there too but the name is eluding me. I think it’s the game from Bethesda that is roughly the same as well. Isn’t there a Paladins, too? Sheesh.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

“Our goal is to not have that be predatory to the core values of the game.”

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

Yeah for like the first month and then BOOM. They got you in their jaws

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

Karl_Hungus Yeah. I espect theyll live up to this promise just lon enough to redefine the core values of the game.

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

Being predatory to the core values of their games has been PWE’s modus operandi since time immemorial.

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