Trion Worlds shies away from sub-only games, praises Defiance’s console success

    
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Trion Worlds shies away from sub-only games, praises Defiance’s console success

RIFT fans with long memories will recall how the game first launched in 2011 as a subscription-only title, staying that way for about a year before going free-to-play. These days Trion Worlds is harboring a library of hybrid free-to-play and buy-to-play titles with nary a sub-only game in sight. So would the studio ever consider another sub-only MMO?

“I don’t think I would,” CEO Scott Hartsman said in a recent interview. “I don’t have a religion about business models. What I really care about is matching the design of the game to an audience for the game. If somebody said hey, here is a game and we know for a fact that the model that makes sense is a subscription. Then I’m all on board here. I’m really just about, what is the right model that will get enough players to make the game make financial sense, so it will live a happy and long life. And it’s just become more challenging to do that with subscription.”

Hartman also had surprisingly positive things to say about Defiance and its success as a console title. He said that the game sees more “organic new users” than any of its games due to the platform and business model: “The console players love the idea of just let me push play and get in the game.” Defiance is available on three platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Trion Worlds is doing victory laps over its sandbox Trove hitting a million monthly users after launch.

Source: Develop

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RooWoods
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Sythalin Bluetouchpaper Jack Pipsam Please link those “statistics” to prove they are not all in your head .I hope you can because if you cant you just will look like your pontificating .

Also I fail to see why the phrase “you have to think you know better than everyone else” is arrogant ? 

Here the definition because clearly you don’t know what it means  “an offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride” given if doesn’t seem prideful , self important or assumes he knows better than every one else . 

I think its a bit sad you found humor in that post because it makes me wonder how bright you are .

RooWoods
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Sythalin Bluetouchpaper Jack Pipsam Please link those “statistics” to prove they are not all in your head . If you cant you will look a bit of an idiot .

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enamelizer

Bluetouchpaper I have played both Rift and Defiance, so apparently I was a horrible person long before AA. =D

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ToyFuzion  Sub only server would have been a pipe dream here.

Sythalin
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Sythalin

Bluetouchpaper Jack Pipsam No, no he’s pretty spot on.  Defiance the game is a flop and it’d be safe to wager a guesstimate of having 10% retention rate.  And that’s being generous.  There’s a significant difference between “being unconvinced as to the success of anything you don’t like” and statistics that show that said product is a flop.
The most hilarious part is the hypocrisy of this post.  You go on this mini-rant about “arrogance” and “ignorance” when your post is very clearly dripping of both.  ESPECIALLY the arrogance part, specifically the… what part was it again… hold on….  ah yes, here it is….. the “you have to think you know better than everyone else”.  My sides still hurt from laughing so hard.

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DPandaren

Perfect Hero People would probably play that. That pretty much sounds like the Steam Summer Sale.

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A Dad Supreme Having a highly recognized IP like Final Fantasy also helps. Trion just has a pile of original/original licensed properties. Blizzard didn’t even shine away from that with WoW. Warcraft by the time of WoW’s release was already a really popular IP for PC players by the time WoW came around.

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ArtemisiaWS

ToyFuzion PvE only server for AA would be great *_* Would it also work at sea?

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MinionDave

Another bean counter that would not know a good game if it slapped him in the face its all about the money with these guys .
I guess theres no “victory laps” for Archeage hey Scott .

Estranged
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Estranged

Shallow? I guess all MMOs are shallow.