Crowfall will be buy-to-play with optional sub

    
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Although we don’t have the full idea of what Crowfall is, today we know more about how we’ll be paying for it in the future.

ArtCraft released a pricing FAQ for the upcoming fantasy title in which it revealed that the game will be buy-to-play with an estimated retail price of $50. There will also be an optional VIP membership package (around $15 a month) that includes behind the scenes access, passive training for three character slots, priority server access, pricing discounts, and other “non-balance affecting benefits.” VIP membership tickets will also be bought and sold between players. These prices are specified for the North American market for right now.

The team also released a sneak peek at another one of the game’s classes, the Confessor, and a heaping of backstory in the form of fantasy scripture.

[Source: Pricing FAQ, the Confessor, War of the Gods (part 1)]
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Jasonpogilim1
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Jasonpogilim1

buy to play and pay to win, what a let down

JohnMoth
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JohnMoth

Craywulf Exactly what I was thinking

Ghostmourn
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Ghostmourn

great news, always happy to see more games going btp! Existing games and especially new ones :)

imperialpanda
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BhimaJenkins imperialpanda SyrionDeathwalker  In this context of MMOs, market saturation is an excuse. Everyone, in every industry, should expect to compete with other companies over their customers. The brief moment in time when an industry is new and growing is relatively short, and shouldn’t be depended upon.
Its use in MMO games is also not completely correct. Market saturation is when all potential customers are exposed to your product, and are able to buy if they want to. Market saturation has nothing to do with failing to compete with competitors. It’s a different issue.
If someone made a more competitive subscription game than WoW, they would get the subscribers. It’s as simple as that.

doctoroverlord
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doctoroverlord

EatCandy I like the CGI movies!   The ones done by Blur Studios for SWTOR were far better than the last three Star Wars movies combined :)

BhimaJenkins
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BhimaJenkins

imperialpanda SyrionDeathwalker

There is literally only 3 sub-only games still in existence in the West: WoW, EvE and FF14. There are a legion of MMO corpses cast into the dustbin of history and an even larger amount of MMOs that are doing well with a different payment model. The issue isn’t game quality per se, its that the market is saturated and we all only have so much money/time to spend on what’s available. WoW came out at an opportune time when there was literally nothing like it, same goes for EvE and FF14 does well because they spent the time and resources to completely re-design the entire game AND they have their legacy IP to catapult interest. These factors are easily just as important as “make a solid, big enough game to justify subs.”

BhimaJenkins
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BhimaJenkins

Bannex19

Well… I played LOTRO F2P, not a bad implementation as there are MUCH worse examples. Still, I got annoyed when I reached level 20ish, tried to step into a lvl 20-something zone only to be slapped with a cash shop pop up telling me to pony up like $20 to play the quests in the zone, and many of the other zones. Ala carte would cost much more than a retail priced box for a game. Contrast that with GW2 that gives me the entire game for the box price minus some cosmetics I could care less about.

goldstariv
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goldstariv

pid Yeah.. It’s almost like buying the retail box is nothing more than a cosmetic item now.. -_-

shanoyu
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shanoyu

SoMuchMass It depends a lot on when it releases in relation to camelot and the Gw2 expo, and how well they fare.  There’s uh, well.  Not really a great game in town for the floating pool of RvR players right now.  You have Gw2 and ESO which are pretty neglected.  A lot of people tried Archeage but it didn’t meet minimum expectations for most players.  Other pvp centric games like Eve-online have terrible combat frequency (and an even higher cost of initial entry to play now, by buying a character)

I mean, sure, it might be a no name IP, but if it’s your only chance to jump on the trampoline, people might get over that cost of entry.  Additionally, almost all their main RvR competitors are buy to play anyway.

pid
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“Pricing discounts”.

So I buy the game for 50 USD and THEN I sub for 15 USD/mo and THEN I get discounts on “pricing”… for what? The in-game cash shop?
LOL, that’s not even double-dipping anymore, that’s triple-dipping!