Vendetta Online pretty much just went free-to-play last night

    
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One of the first cross-platform MMORPGs ever just got even more friendly to the free-to-play PC crowd. Sci-fi MMO Vendetta Online announced last night a business model shift that makes the subscription truly optional: Before, PC players had to jump from a trial to a $1 subscription, whereas now they default to freemium as on mobile, meaning they can keep playing without that sub. Some of the more irritating caps and restrictions have been lifted from free players, while more benefits are apparently being added for folks who do continue with the sub.

“VO 1.8.524 includes:
– Freemium gameplay access is now possible from all platforms, including PC, along with the usage of Crystal.
– Freemium is now the default for new PC accounts, instead of Trial.
– Freemium and Lite accounts may now submit Events.
– Freemium and Lite accounts may now create Guilds, and serve as Council.
– All level caps have been removed for Lite and Freemium players.
– Lite Members now gain access to build and use Goliath-class capital ships (also retains 50% higher daily crystal limits from bots).
– Technically, all players may now construct Capital Ship components, but final assembly and usage is limited by membership tier.”

“On-going business model changes may be expected,” Guild Software writes. “Premium access still includes: Tridents, less aggressive AFK logoff, LTS benefits, etc. New content will be added to the Premium tier, along with other benefits.”

The cynic in me is certainly wondering whether the release of EVE Echoes may have something to do with this shift, especially given how expensive Echoes has turned out to be, but either way, it’s a win for players.

Source: Facebook. Thanks so much, Jacob!
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Aord

Wow, this is huge change.
Answering some questions: yes, this game deserves your attention, it’s similar to EVE but with actual physics-based flight when you are fully in command of your ship.
This presents some problems for mobile players: the touch interface is harder to master so be ready to die in PVP a lot vs PC players. So, PVP is 100% skill-based, if you cannot pilot your ship, you’ll die.
I heard they had very few developers so changes were implemented too slow, but they do have a core of followers. Those who intended to leave for EVE Echoes won’t influence the total player base, I think. You might compare EE to VO as you would compare an autorun/autoplay to a free-roaming open world MMO.
I wish VO the very best, they do deserve it, they should propel forward with graphical engine updates etc & what’s on their roadmap.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Is this game worth a look see? Know nothing about it.

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donvweel

No reason not to try it now. It is twitch based flight and combat. You can customize your ship do trading and mining but there will be some pvp. A lot of times you can pay some toll to get off the hook. Was a real solid community lots of chat.

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Castagere Shaikura

The community was cool for a PVP one but now that it will be f2p you can kiss that goodbye. It will get toxic real fast.

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Castagere Shaikura

Maybe the game will get more press now. It’s not a bad game if you like this type of gameplay.

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PanagiotisLial1

Doesnt seem to have to do with it – it actually feels they extend what business model they Already Had on mobile devices to PC which was the subscription one. Unless something changed I thought Eve Echoes was for mobile only