PAX Prime 2015: Guild Wars 2’s free-to-play model and publishing takeover

    
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When I spoke to ArenaNet’s Colin Johanson about raids in Guild Wars 2 at this year’s PAX Prime, President Mike O’Brien was sitting right next to him. Johanson was the frontman for raiding, while O’Brien took a brief moment to discuss the game’s business model announcement and address rumors about its future.

One question on a lot of minds at the moment is whether or not Guild Wars 2 is now a free-to-play MMORPG. And the simple answer to that question is no, according to O’Brien.

“I look at free-to-play as a business model. We aren’t going to go back and redesign the business model. It’s not about monetizing free-to-player players. This is Guild Wars 2. Guild Wars 2 was designed as a buy-to-play game.”

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Since we were talking about the business model, I also asked about the rumors floating around regarding the change in the EULA. If you look closely, you might notice that all mentions of NCSoft have mysteriously disappeared. O’Brien shrugged that question off and said, “There is nothing tricky about that. ArenaNet is taking over the publishing of Guild Wars 2.”

At that point, Johanson jumped in to comment on another Reddit conspiracy, confirming that ArenaNet does in fact have a base on the moon and that all of ArenaNet’s employees will be relocating there with him.

Massively Overpowered is on the ground in Seattle for PAX Prime 2015, bringing you expert MMO coverage from NCsoft, Trion, PWE, and everything else on display at the latest Penny Arcade Expo!
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Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

Bluetouchpaper Chainezomon Telos_

The Everquest franchise is like that, too; they have kronos you can buy in-game with plat that give you a month of play time if you purchase them, and the plat if you sell them.  ;)

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Denice J Cook

Peregrine_Falcon

Oh dear God….but you may be right.  NCSoft doesn’t usually do anything for anyone but themselves.

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

And you know what else?  (darn those expiration timers…)

I’ll bet NCSoft still has their greasy little mits in the pie somehow or other!

There, now I feel better.  ;)

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

Oh sure, NCSoft can sell GW2 to ArenaNet, but when they had the chance to sell CoX to Paragon Studios (who tried desperately to get it), they shut it down instead.

Well, it looks like they’re learning a bit from their previous P.R. mistakes.

That, and ArenaNet probably had way more millions to make a deal with.  ;)

But NCSoft still sucks.  ;)

mmoseeker
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mmoseeker

ArenaNet is taking over the publishing of Guild Wars 2. http://www.mmocake.com

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paragonlostinspace

Bluetouchpaper paragonlostinspace  That’s very true. As long as it’s something like the fluff stuff that Blizzard does for WoW I don’t honestly mind or care. Pets, mounts that sort of stuff.

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Bluetouchpaper

I thought Guild Wars 2 was rebuy to play ?

Bluetouchpaper
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Bluetouchpaper

paragonlostinspace  But sometimes subscription games have a cash shop too .

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Bluetouchpaper

Chainezomon Telos_  I consider WoW to be the fourth kind of business model Earn to Play . Similar to EVE online .

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