EverQuest Next may not be F2P

    
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Yes, yes it is.

SOE Daybreak has been all about “F2P your way” for a couple of years now, but comments by EverQuest Next senior producer Terry Michaels and lead designer Darrin McPherson in a recent dev team Q&A indicate that the business model for both EQN and Landmark is very much up for discussion.

“Not every model for monetizing a game fits with every game type,” Michaels says. “Right now we believe that they’re going to be F2P games, but we’re not willing to say absolutely that’s what they’re going to be at this point in time.”

“We do not want to lock ourselves into one thing,” McPherson continued. “We want to make the best game possible.” Click past the cut to watch the video. If you want to skip ahead to the business model segment, it starts around the 16-minute mark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-G2-6SqdOQ

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Zeplini
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Zeplini

Its becoming clear that the f2p model is broken, yes it was successful for the first few at the start but now everyone uses this model the competition is too great, I bet most games are low population compared to whats expected from investors.

Me I’d sooner pay monthly or for the box and updates.

But this being Daybreak as someone has said I think this will be a cash grab for the boxes and a conversion after 6 months.

mgbeers
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syberghost mgbeers sfrees80 Ok then I agree.  I guess I kind of misunderstood your point originally. :)  yeah it sounds totally non-commital and that means in both directions.  Nothing is 100% is the point so no, I don’t think they’ve changed their minds at this point but are keeping it open in case for some reason they find f2p isn’t the best option.

syberghost
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syberghost

mgbeers syberghost sfrees80 the person I’m replying to was clearly interpreting that as “right now we believe that they are not going to be f2p”, which is absolutely reading too much into it. You interpreted it exactly as I did; they haven’t committed, but they’re still leaning toward f2p. He interpreted as “they have changed their minds, they’re going to cash in box sales and then change to f2p in six months to a year”.

He not only interpreted it as being a shift in the model, but he extrapolated a timeline for a second shift, and directly attributed that timeline as “this sounds like”.

That’s way more than you and I got out of it.

mgbeers
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mgbeers

syberghost sfrees80 
““Right now we believe that they’re going to be F2P games, but we’re not willing to say absolutely that’s what they’re going to be at this point in time.”  I don’t think anyone read into it too much.  It seems to emphasize the need to not actually commit to anything at all.  It doesn’t even say resoundingly that it is f2p right now but “we believe that they are going to be..”  Actually that really is very non commital.

syberghost
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syberghost

zax_ ruthlesspno1 you say it’s “profitable enough for most games”. Show some examples of MMOs that are doing it profitably. If “most” are doing it, this shouldn’t be difficult.

zax_
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zax_

ruthlesspno1 no, I want P2P or B2P without cash shop (which is profitable enough for
most games). Any form of P2W is “doing it wrong” and has no future in
competitive games.

syberghost
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syberghost

zax_ ruthlesspno1 Most? Name five MMORPGs that are currently profitable with P2P or B2P with no cash shop.

Hell, name five that don’t have a cash shop. WoW and GW2 have them. FF IV has one.

If that model works for “most” you should have no trouble naming five.

zax_
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zax_

ruthlesspno1 no, I want P2P or B2P without cash shop (which is profitable enough for most games). Any form of P2W is “doing it wrong” and has no future in competitive games.

davidjames79
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davidjames79

BTP please!!

sfrees80
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sfrees80

I didn’t get this info from mop first hand. mop has always had issues fact checking so I never take any news here seriously until I have sourced it. I watched the livestream and read their forums, and the impression I get from their squirmy language makes me think this is the plan.
You could be right though. I just want you to know that my opinion is based more than a clickbaity blog title.