Blue Protocol is going to be free-to-play on launch

    
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Commence the jiggling.

Those of you eagerly following news about the upcoming cel-shaded Blue Protocol may be happy to know that the game now has a planned business model. Those of you with a deep and all-consuming hatred for anything free-to-play, on the other hand, might be unhappy to learn that… well, that’s it, the game is free-to-play. It’s promising to have some form of season pass along with cosmetics, although the details are not yet finalized, just like the number of characters players can have is still being decided (but it’s two for the closed beta).

The game will definitely feature guilds for the final release, but not for the closed beta, while social activities like fishing and player housing will be released but slowly. PvP has also not been planned at this time, while new classes post-launch are currently in the process of development. It may not be all of the information you want to hear, but it’s still more information as the game moves closer to testing and subsequent release.

Source: Blueprotocoldb via Reddit (1, 2)

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Castagere Shaikura

I know nothing about this game. But the hype around it reminds me of Bless again.

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Celestia

Pity about the no support class(es).

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NeoWolf

Not specifically…yet, but more classes being planned one would seem inevitable. Also from what I’ve seen during the developer videos the Archer and Mage class both have AoE heals so you could spec toward focusing on those and make a support’ish version.

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Justin Bania

The Archer class had some aoe heals… No idea if they had debuffs or anything besides the heals.

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Anthony Clark

It’s my understanding that every class will have self, and group heals.

Reminds me of Guild Wars 2 where everyone is responsible for their own heals. So there’s no one patsy to blame when/if things go bad. Well until the expansion changed that and ruined GW2 imo.

I’m rather excited about the possibility of this title. I love the graphic engine. I’m going to be watching for this title launching now.

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Sray

I didn’t even know about this game until this article. An anime MMO with no PVP? This is on my watch list now, provided Bandai Namco offers up a Western port… and puts it on more PC stores than just Steam… or at least gives the console version mouse and keyboard support (and yes, I know how cosmically unlikely either of the last two things happening are when we’re talking about Bandai Namco).

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Justin Bania

From the hiring they have done it is all but confirmed for Western release. I think they even said it was a world wide launch somewhere.

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NeoWolf

F2P hmmm.. I guess it was likely to happen, even if I would have preferred it wouldn’t hehe But at least it will have a season pass I guess, although I reserve judgements until I’ve seen its benefits.

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vgees

F2P, shrug. I’m still excited for this title. It looks amazing and I don’t even mind that any International release won’t likely appear until 2021. In the meantime I’ll have Phantasy Star Online 2 for my anime style MMORPG fix! And of course, FFXIV isn’t going anywhere!

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ecchiboy590

2020 has been an interesting year so far. I went from being so excited for New World and not caring at all for Blue Protocol. To completely writing New World off and BP being my most anticipated game.

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Utakata

…with that, “Free to Play” (F2P) is such passé, as it implies it free when it really isn’t. While the more succinct “Pay to Win” (P2W) is also becoming long in the tooth, as what does it mean to win when you’re already winning anyways? So I propose the more accurate, “Whale to Play” (W2P) which means you’ll get better ingame advantages and perks the more money you throw money at it…Loot Box purchasing may vary on this though. >.<

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Justin Bania

I like “shop supported” or “shop driven”.

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Utakata

My Father used the term of “Value Added Services”, followed with the less flattering, “What a load of crap that is.” o.O

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Dantos

Hmm, just heard about this game, it seems like FF14 story and job system mixed with Ni No Kuni art style and action combat. I’d give it a shot if it ever gets a western release.