Trove makes major business model adjustments

RIFT isn’t the only game under Trion Worlds’ umbrella that’s reevaluating and adjusting its business model to become more profitable. Yesterday, the Trove team announced that it, too, would be making some changes so that the game will pull in more money and give away less of its content for free.

“At the end of the day [the store] is a big piece of the engine that keeps Trove going,” the team said. “We’ve been live long enough and collected enough data that we can start making some changes. The core word which I expect us to be held to here is value. No matter what you are spending on the game — time or money, we need to give you value and respect that investment. That never changes.”

The biggest change is that classes won’t be purchasable with cubits any longer. Trion said that this goes hand-in-hand with a decision to put more work into upcoming classes. Other adjustments include awarding players fewer cubits, raising the cubit price in the store for items, and beefing up its patron program.

“Going forward we’re going to rely on [the patron program] more,” the devs posted. “Add more value to it and probably even require it to access some systems or features.”

These changes will go into effect at an unspecified point in the future.

Source: Trove. Thanks to Fliksan, Enikuo, and Ironweakness for the tip!
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Midgetsnowman
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blackcat7k thats the thing. If free mmos can only survive by doing this, then perhapos the [roblem is that free MMOs shoukldnt exist at all.

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suddenly glad I never got invested in trove.

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Sorenthaz Bingin Last week it was 5500 (with weekend bonus). You could get some for doing some kind of quest line (once per account).

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Sorenthaz SwobyJ Dystopiq Hated that. I get the argument and its important for many aspects of the game, but an encouragement to sub in itself is not a bad thing. I say this as a regular F2Per.

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SwobyJ Sorenthaz Dystopiq “But we don’t want to make people feel they’re being forced to subscribe!”

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madhunde Sorenthaz Dystopiq True.  That’s incredibly stupid and will do nothing but hurt the game considering the audience it’s aimed at, which is largely a younger audience and the Minecraft crowd.

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Given the specific changes here, I’ve uninstalled Trove now too. Only Defiance (to maybe play main story sometime?) and Atlas Reactor are left.

SwobyJ
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Sorenthaz Dystopiq Just give me a fucking generous stipend with a subscription to RIFT dammit.

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Xijit I somewhat expect Defiance to shut down by 2018. I’m giving myself probably this year, maybe next year to do all the core story of it (if I actually do play).

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Tridus Karl_Hungus hardy83 ManastuUtakata Anything to keep the money coming for my uncle (retired Ontario teacher).