“We have thought long and hard about this major change and while we always kept the business model open in our Early Access FAQ, we were not sure of this until recently. While we had hoped that TW could be sustainable both financially and population-wise in a Buy-to-Play model, it turned out that just to many of you have waited to buy the title (even with the recent discount) or outright neglected it until it is Free-to-Play. In reviews, forum posts and our recent survey we were asked to switch to a free version and we have listened. From now on the basic game will be available for free while we are still selling the Deluxe and Collector’s Editions that contain valuable items and in-game currency.”
The post-apoc sci-fi MMO (based in part on sunsetted MMO L.A.W.) launched on Steam’s early access platform in March of this year, touting its 1000-player PvP mode. It was originally a pretty cheap B2P; the last sale saw the price fall to just a few bucks. The Deluxe and Collector’s editions of the game still run $14.99 and $34.99, respectively.