Eternal Crusade discusses the rationale and timing behind its free-to-play shift

    
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In the near future, Eternal Crusade is offering a free option for players to jump in and start playing without any need for purchase, although there will be limitations on the speed of advancement for free players. A new state of the game letter explains the limitations and why they allow free players access to a fair portion of the game. In short, restricting free players to a single class and faction wouldn’t give free players any reason to come back, and it wouldn’t actually lead to a population surge for paying players; more relaxed restrictions works out better for everyone.

Current players will be receiving the benefits of the full version right away, of course, and the letter stresses that the team is still focused on the same overall priorities of balance, bug fixes, and content improvements. Testing keys will be going out within the next few weeks thanks to a partnership with Alienware, so you can look forward to seeing the new wave coming in sooner rather than later.

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Schmidt.Capela

“””In short, restricting free players to a single class and faction wouldn’t give free players any reason to come back, and it wouldn’t actually lead to a population surge for paying players; more relaxed restrictions works out better for everyone.”””

Reminds me of what happened with Need for Speed World; at launch it had a level cap for free players, and with the matchmaking system putting players of similar level together it meant the best level to get quick races was at the cap for the free players. EA reworked the whole business model when they noticed their paying players were abandoning their old, paid accounts and creating new free accounts so they could play with everyone else.

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Russell Hunt

I thought this game was to be more than just pew pew matches.

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chriskovo .

It was, they took everyone’s money lied through their teeth and just made a lobby shooter that was worse than the original THQ Space Marine game. Was supposed to be planetside2 with a warhammer 40k skin basically. Instead its an expensive buy money to change your appearance lobby shooter with poor implementation and mechanics. The network code is bad, the graphics are worse than the 5 year old space marine game and they basically just switched the op race from Elder to Orcs unbelievably. The race that is barley supposed to be able to aim their guns now can kill you in 3 shots with their accurate machine gun fire. Its mess that is going up in flames as they try this free to play model because everyone else is leaving.

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PurpleCopper

I remember reading some articles about this game a long time ago.

The devs said that plebs were only allowed to play Ork boyz who would die in droves against the higher elite paying customers (marines/chaos/eldar/nobz/etc.)

A win win situation all around. Plebs would serve as content and fodder for the paying customers to fight against. And plebs might upgrade to paying customers or spread word of mouth to other MMO players.

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Russell Hunt

Is there any kind of PvE in the game? I bought it awhile ago but found just playing the matches to get a bit tedious.

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megus

There are lair and horde modes that are basically dungeons that you have to survive. It’s easiest to get a team as a space marine. Go to world map and queue up.

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Russell Hunt

That does not sound that deep. I thought they were also going to have a kinda hold areas of the map persistency for the factions i.e. Space Marines would have to get together to take back portions of the world….not sure though.

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Dug From The Earth

Well, at least the price is now right for the quality of development that was put into this game.

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Crow

Eternal Crusade is my shooter for the time being. I find it, personally, way more fun than Overwatch’s hyper-competitive everything.

It is Battlefield: 40K and if that sounds good to you you’ll love it. No regrets on my own purchase.

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RJB

“We can’t do good for the Warhammer franchise and ppl aren’t buying/playing our game so we are going F2P”

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Bruno Brito

I will play because i have to see this with my eyes. I like Warhammer and maybe this is a GW2 case, of a game sucking at launch and getting better over time.

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Sorenthaz

Guess I might redownload and take a look at stuff, but it sounds like they pretty much had an f2p shop from the day it “launched” so this isn’t too surprising. Getting new blood in with potentially higher numbers than keeping it strictly b2p is a good idea. Hopefully they can continue evolving and solving issues to where this game feels adequately launched by its first year anniversary or whatnot.

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Crow

Not “sounds”. It was built with an original f2p element that was stripped out and now coming back in a different way. The initial idea was very lore-centric that the f2p element would be Orks and everything else was a box-price. I.e. they’d have what they called “free-to-waaaaggggghh”.

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Greaterdivinity

Totally a launched game and still in beta : D

I’m pretty down with this, seems like folks that bought the game get some nice perks to boot. Yay for picking it up during that Humble Bundle sale a few weeks back. Just need to find a bit more time to play, especially with the latest changes to casters.