Crowfall lowers its buy-to-play price and details its optional VIP sub

    
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Ahead of Crowfall’s launch this July, ArtCraft is announcing a reduction in its box price and reveals its full subscription plan. “Crowfall is unveiling its innovative VIP membership, and lowering the price on the cost of the base game from $49.99 to $39.99 USD,” the studio announced today. “These changes are all part of Crowfall’s transition to a live game service, launching July 6, 2021.” This business model, we note, is not actually a surprise, as it’s been the plan since the game’s original announcement in 2015, but the details are just now being finalized.

Notably, the subscription “VIP program” grants more item storage in the personal vault and campaign bank space, extended access to Eternal Kingdoms, and “several convenience options that enhance the gameplay experience along with other quality-of-life benefits.” According to the chart on the VIP member page, that amounts to thinks like mount decay and unlimited free respecs, which ArtCraft says represent “a critical benefit” to players, though of course the studio is also planning to put them in the game for gold too.

The sub is pretty simple, starting at $14.99 per month, though you can get it under $12 if you pay for a year in advance, with a couple of tiers in between. The sub includes a cash-shop stipend too.

“Feature options for the Crowfall VIP membership range from one month to 12-month plans. The 12-month membership plan includes a grant of 18,000 Crowns, offering the highest value, at a 22% discount off the standard monthly rate. All plans include monthly grants of bonus in-game currency (Crowns) as well as an exclusive monthly item reward. The service officially launches July 6, 2021 with the official launch of the game. Players who activate the VIP membership program in July (by July 31, 2021 at 11:59 CDT), or Backers who have already purchased the VIP service, will receive the exclusive Gryphon Mount – the July VIP membership reward! Additionally, in appreciation of our community of Backers, starting today, all Crowfall game access (bundle) packs now include one free month of the VIP membership. Best of all, Backers who have already purchased a pack (as of June 8, 2021) will all be receiving one additional month of *VIP membership added to their service at launch (including Kickstarter Packs).”

Source: Press release, official site
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Mark

Uninstalled after getting a toon to L20, I love Unity development but am not yet sold on it for MMO’s, perhaps after the new MLAPI is bedded down.

I got the Legends of Aria smell again, fool me once…

Sticking with Lotro until something better comes along.

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James Mock

I was really excited about this game mostly for the races and classes and I am not really a fan of PvP, but this I was blown away with how terrible it was when I played it. They really promised a lot and it is just ugly, clunky, and boring.

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Zero_1_Zerum

It’s pvp, so I wouldn’t play it even if they gave me the $40.

Also, “Innovative” … They keep using that word, but I don’t think it means what they think it means.

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Ardra Diva

graphics and animations seemed pretty good to me. I was disappointed with the looks of my avatar, and i’m more of a RP’r so that was kind of a deal killer for me, but I would not say it was a bad game at all.

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laelgon

Seems like a pretty fair sub. Decent perks that will benefit the most active players, but nothing that would make it terrible for someone who just wants to jump in for the box price.

There’s something of a joke with the queue priority perk though, the current campaigns support 750 players each, and they’ve never been full once. There’s a lot of talk that a lot of the bigger guilds and dedicated players are taking a break since it’s all wiping, and that they’ll all come back on the 6th. We’ll have to see how it plays out.

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Mallus

Considering that respec and bank space should be a free feature or at least allow it to be paid for with in game currency (gold) the VIP option is hardly “innovative”. Also what happens when you have those bank slots full and then cancel your VIP membership???

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Bereman99

“Innovative VIP membership” that offers the kind of benefits that are basically expected from VIP memberships in B2P games.

Yeah, ok. Methinks someone’s marketing speak got a little carried away and dropped a use of the innovative where it didn’t fit. It’s just your bog standard VIP membership offering decent value from the looks of it – store currency equivalent to the subscription price and some benefits on top to sweeten the deal.

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Solaris

I might be in the minority but I love this game. The EK system is incredible. Best races in the genre. So many ways you can build a class and specialize your character. For a PvP centric game, the community is very helpful and overall fantastic. Even if Crowfall only ever reaches the level of a niche MMO, I hope Artcraft is successful. The dev team has been great and they actually delivered their Kickstarter MMO pretty much as it was sold. Looking forward to July 6th.

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Loopy

“innovative VIP membership”

I see they’re at the bleeding edge of innovation.

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Arktouros

Cool, this is the kinda information I’ve been waiting for given all their various changes.

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Bruno Brito

Are you playing this, Ark?

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Arktouros

Yep, I give most PvP games a fair shake. The only ones I really avoid are survival gankboxes like ARK or RUST etc because they are just too time intensive and promote bad life habits to stay competitive. I also avoid any game that says alpha/beta/early access generally as well which is why I haven’t really paid attention to Crowfall before this.

From the impressions my PvP crews are giving I have pretty low expectations on this one. As usual sounds like a lot of the big talk the company made wasn’t lived up to but I’ll find out in a month or so.