Clicker Heroes dev on abandoning the free-to-play model for the sequel

    
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No, this is not from my playthrough.

If you’ve never played Clicker Heroes, you can pick it up for your phone or on Steam right now; it’s a lightweight little idle game like Cookie Clicker, except with MMORPG-inspired classes, leveling, and zones. It’s pretty great. And it has a sequel in development, Clicker Heroes 2, which is not going to be free and use a microtransaction model. That’s kind of a swerve in the other direction, and the developers have taken the time to explain why a studio with a successful free-to-play game would develop a pay-to-play sequel.

The letter explains that while the free-to-play model always worked, it also led to some people spending thousands of dollars on the game, which led to concerns about people spending money they couldn’t afford to spend on the game. It also meant that no changes could be made to invalidate real-money purchases, which meant sometimes awkward patches on the game’s systems over time. While no changes will be made to the original, Clicker Heroes 2 will have a box price that the studio hopes can also support mods and enjoyable gameplay.

Source: Official Site via PC Gamer; thanks to Castagere for the tip!

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Diego Lindenmeyer

30bucks? nah thx

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mourasaint

The “ethical” part is empty corporate-speak.

The fact is the F2P model is on the wane. Developers are beginning to realize its appeal is short-lasting.

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Jon-Enee Merriex

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I’ll be watching this closely. Ultimately, the only way out of this random box madness is for investors to start seeing that paying full price for a game works.

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Rheem Octuris

I preordered a few days ago. I played the hell out of the original.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Cyclone Jack

I can’t tell is Schlag is saying Nope, or Epon, ie: Ippon (one full point). I think it would depend on if he was a fan of Ukyo Tachibana.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

close enough?

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what-4

Im still not sure why I keep playing Clicker Heroes, Im certainly not going to PAY to play the next one.

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Jeff

I like something like Pokemon Picross. You could play for free or spend money. But once you spent a certain amount that was it. You couldn’t go full whale on the game. I think the most you could spend was 30 or something.

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timf5758

20-30 bucks upfront cost for a game like this? I do not think it is a wise choice. It should remain free to play.

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Galaji

The two important take aways here are:
1. The studio is telling you how irresponsible selling in-game currency is and how they choose to rise above it, yet they include $20 worth of currency for the first game if you pre-order the sequel. *facepalm*

2. They do not address the reasoning behind choosing a price point for the sequel. Currently it is set at $30. From my above average interest in the clicker/incremental community, that price makes this the most expensive (buy to play) game in the genre.

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Cyclone Jack

Both of these stood out to me as well. $30 for an idle game is an extremely hard sell. It would need to have some serious amounts of depth to it, enough so that it felt engaging in some way, which I find difficult to imagine.

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Dug From The Earth

So now, rather than a game that plays itself being free, you can now 100% pay money for it.