Elyon delays launch to October 20th to swap to a free-to-play model

    
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Remember back when Elyon locked in a launch date of September 29th? It turns out that this was more of a soft-lock, really, giving Kakao the right to change its mind about both the release and the business model.

In a surprise post mere weeks before the fantasy MMO was going to launch, Kakao announced that it was delaying the start of the game to October 20th in order to switch it to a free-to-play business model. The studio cited the heavier competition in the MMORPG space this year and implied that its buy-to-play model might hold it back from achieving initial success.

“While this wasn’t an easy decision, we feel it is ultimately the correct one,” Kakao said. “For anyone disappointed, particularly those who pre-ordered, or marked time off their calendar to dive into Elyon this September, we deeply regret causing this disruption to you. We hope you understand our intent is to bring you the very best Elyon we possibly can.”

Players who have already pre-ordered the game have a choice between receiving a chunk of premium currency or requesting a refund. Anyone who has made a purchase prior to release will be allowed into the 72-hour headstart.

Readers will recall that the original September window had become a bit too close to New World’s newest launch date, so this ought to give it some breathing room to pump up its low test phase numbers for launch.

Source: Elyon
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Scorp Gang

Anyone who plays this is a fool. This Game is DOA. What is it doing better than the big 4 or 5? NOTHING! They went Free To Play to try and recoup some of the Development costs before its very obvious sunsetting.

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Brinto Sfj

It is an f2p mmorpg in Korea, just like BDO has been since its launch in korea. But Kakao sold it to global market and year by year they lost player number due to the fact players becoming wiser to the scenario that they are being sold an f2p game as premium game but being treated as f2p “consumers”.

Kakao thought that they could pull the same shit again with Elyon but several other eastern games pulled the same shit already and players are no longer that dumb to believe that so long as they pay an entree fee, an f2p pay2win mmorpg would automatically become a premium non-pay2win mmorpg.

On top of that, an f2p AAA quality mmorpg is on its way out soon, who would play Kakao’s blatant cash grab or pay for it long term? Thus the logical change in place now. However, I would still suggest player to steer clear off of anything related to Kakao as they continue to use that shady russian payment portal.

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Mercy Forever

sorry to burst your bubble but bdo is b2p . not f2p and it is doing alot better then any korean mmo.

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Greaterdivinity

Pearl Abyss is Korean, yo. BDO is a Korean MMO.

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rk70534

Not a game I intended to play, but considering the current market situation, possibly a wise move and if it seemed that sales wouldn’t fit their expectations / needs, better to make the move from the beginning than after a few months of mediocre server populations and doom-mongering.

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XSetiX

They are cashing out on that P2W money before the games dead, trying to get as many people and as much money as they can.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I’ll just go through my old pictures to entertain myself in the meantime.

It’s 1) the right thing to do after watching SOLO sputter and Bless Unleashed thrive
2) A good excuse to avoid the New World launch 3 days later.

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Mercy Forever

bless unleashed numbers were pumped by chinese people . it is back to 30 k numbers and is going down and it has hardly being a month .eu and na servers are pretty much empty now and they have been decreasing channels ever since.

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mars omg

Smart.

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Rav3na3l

Part of me might be going all conspiracy theorist but i feel like this might be centered around New World. New World launches the day before it was supposed to. Now its just enough time from people to feel that burnout and with Elyon being f2p now, i think the goal might be to pick up the burnouts from New World.

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Mercy Forever

they wrote in the article that its because of new world

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cykelbud

As I recall, it has always been f2p in all areas it has launched except the West.
So I don’t think it requires much work. And 3 weeks is not a lot.

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Mercy Forever

not really uptil now its only launched in korea and it is b2p there .

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Dana Holmes

Wow this is an interesting development indeed

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Toy Clown

F2P games are a huge no-no for me. Not only are they heavily monetized, but they’re a magnet for every foul-mouthed person who doesn’t want to drop money on subs and B2P (but will weirdly /and/ happily drop thousands to make their waifus look good)…

Oh. That’s the target market, isn’t it?

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Fisty

That doesn’t explain chat in WoW or the community.

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Toy Clown

I think seeing the news over the past few months about the lawsuits, sexual harassment, the Bro Culture, etc kind of explains that well enough.

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Bruno Brito

GW2 is f2p and it’s one of the least toxic games in the market. So, there’s that.

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Toy Clown

Technically, GW2 is B2P with a F2P core, which is why I didn’t include it in F2P discussion. It also didn’t always have a F2P core; that came along years later.

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Bruno Brito

Which doesn’t change the fact that it has a F2P core, and when F2P happened, the population was in queensdale offering bags and gold for the beginners. And the pop didn’t got more toxic when the boom of players came.

F2p is a conversion. It’s irrelevant if a game starts as a f2p or if it becomes one. It gets a huge boost of players and those players may or may not become unhinged.

I think people get overly attached to the monetization model and forget to target the companies themselves. F2P isn’t inherently good or bad, it’s just more accessible. It’s up to companies to not cross lines into bad monetization territory, and B2P/P2P are not deterrents to bad models, as ESO and WoW prove it.

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Mercy Forever

which doesnot change the fact that you are at extreme disadvantage if you dont buy it . so it is mostly b2p . if we take your example then ffxiv and wow are even f2p with their trial versions

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Greaterdivinity

I mean…given that some of the games with the most toxic communities out there are decidedly NOT F2P games – stuff like Call of Duty – Yeah…but no. The business model doesn’t dictate the community at all, the type of game and people that stick around playing it do.

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Toy Clown

Call of Duty was never on my radar due to being an online shooter. I do tend to differentiate between MMOs like Elyon (for example) and Call of Duty.

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Greaterdivinity

Fair enough but like…WoW exists and has long had a lot of fairly awful folks playing. Business models don’t determine the community, the type of game determines the community.

Sure, low level zones will be insufferable at release, and likely won’t be great even post launch (sup Barrens chat!), but usually that kind of nonsense tapers off as you level up and your interactions are primarily with the more “dedicated” community that actually enjoys that game.

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Mercy Forever

comparing a fps game to a mmorpg . bravo son .