While this is my blog on the game in development, Camelot Unchained, I found this to interesting not to post about it.
Recently read a short article over at Massively about Allods Online developing a subscription based server.
While f2p seem all the rage today Mark Jacobs believes like every other sub model it will eventually fall out of favor.
Went over to Allods Online and here's what the producer said in his August Producer letter:
'Next in line is the opening of a subscription-based Server.
We have known for a long time that some of you were interested in this option, and we believe that we now have enough facts to back up that idea. Thanks to the opening of the subscription server in Russia, we can benefit from months of data gathering which has proven it could be a successful venture. We can now assume that even if the majority of players currently prefer f2p over subscription, there is a sufficient community interested in that option to address that demand and still meet population requirements.
Still meeting this population demand safely would require the creation of one unique subscription server, and that’s a particular point which needs to be addressed carefully:
• The same game client must be able to access both types of servers, the free-to-play one and the subscription-based one.
• Introducing subscription payments in our billing tool will require some backend revision that could take some time before reaching this could be implemented correctly. "
Looks like the biggest flaw of f2p is finally making players upset. What flaw is that you say? Actually 2 things come to mind.
f2p always ends up pay to win because the company cannot resist the temptation to put game enhancing items in the store to increase revenue.
Most f2p games that have any subscription at all still bug the crap out of their sub players to buy stuff in the cash shop. cough, LOTRO, cough.
Hopefully Allods Online will keep it's sub players happy by not bugging them with cash shop ads and it would be a breath of fresh air if other companies did this also.