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  Datastar

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5/22/13 11:12:58 PM#21
god I hope this offers a subscription option and does not turn into a f2p cash shop money grab crapfest
  Demalis

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5/22/13 11:24:56 PM#22
Well I will get a sub if that is the option, will play regardless. But I know I won't last if it's gated cash grab... sorry, I mean cash shop.
  GoldenArrow

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5/22/13 11:52:03 PM#23

It's about time companies start to offer different servers for different kind of players.

F2P servers with all the P2W bullshit cashshop.

P2P for players who wan't to keep it balanced without microtransactions.

 

If gaming companies actually catered their players this would already be the norm.

Unfortunately they just want to ruin their products by forcing in F2P + P2W CS

  Destai

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5/23/13 12:13:39 AM#24
Wow, I am really happy to hear this. Thus far, these guys have shown us they get it. They understand what they're getting into and this just cements my respect for them. I'd hate to see a sub-based game launch and fall short. They're at least somewhat cognizant of the current climate for pay models. 

Current MMOs: Wildstar, Guild Wars 2, the Secret World, World of Warcraft

Past Loves: Guild Wars, Lord of the Rings Online, Everquest

  DeniZg

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5/23/13 3:01:37 AM#25

So, what does this "hybrid model" actually mean?

B2P + cash shop as in GW2? That doesn't sound like hybrid to me. More like the usual B2P model.

Maybe F2P + sub as in SWTOR? That sounds hybrid, but I hope it wouldn't have such bad F2P implementation as SWTOR has.

Is there any other hybrid model around?

  SoMuchMass

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5/23/13 6:25:49 AM#26
Originally posted by DeniZg

So, what does this "hybrid model" actually mean?

B2P + cash shop as in GW2? That doesn't sound like hybrid to me. More like the usual B2P model.

Maybe F2P + sub as in SWTOR? That sounds hybrid, but I hope it wouldn't have such bad F2P implementation as SWTOR has.

Is there any other hybrid model around?

I am thinking it is going to be subscription + B2P.  Basically you have to buy the box.  But you have the option to subscribe for benefits.  You can play for free but you won't get those benefits.  I doubt they do it like SWTOR.  Probably more like what Tera is doing you can do anything but subscribers have some perks.

  Loktofeit

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5/23/13 6:30:48 AM#27
Originally posted by DMKano

AAA games - F2P and B2P are the only option for a new MMORPG in this market.

I don't think so. The combination of F2P and a premium subscription has proven rather effective for several MMOs. However, GW2 and Defiance have shown that you can sell a client for a F2P game, so I imagine others will follow suit at least during release.

"And wikipedia is as accurate as Britannica. Wikipedia is very reliable. You would be hard pressed to find a more reliable source for these kinds of things." -fivoroth

  Hrotha

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5/23/13 6:31:53 AM#28
Originally posted by Darkholme

One of the last questions asked towards the very end of the video;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfnpbIhY2PU

If you want to go straight to that timestamp;

http://youtu.be/VfnpbIhY2PU?t=16m

Discuss, complain, etc...

Edited for clicky link. ;)

If the Beta feels good, the game is already bought.

  Hrotha

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5/23/13 6:32:46 AM#29
Originally posted by DeniZg

So, what does this "hybrid model" actually mean?

B2P + cash shop as in GW2? That doesn't sound like hybrid to me. More like the usual B2P model.

Maybe F2P + sub as in SWTOR? That sounds hybrid, but I hope it wouldn't have such bad F2P implementation as SWTOR has.

Is there any other hybrid model around?

I assume like funcom's AoC business model. Buy everything (premium membership) or play for free (restricted areas, dungeons etc). This is only fair imho.

  Scalpless

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Joined: 3/22/07
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5/23/13 6:44:43 AM#30

TSW uses a box + optional sub + cash shop model. It could work well, depending on the implementation.

The one thing I don't want is pure F2P. It makes getting banned a non-issue for some players and pushes the game towards P2W.

  ShakyMo

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5/23/13 6:48:27 AM#31
Of course this could be marketing speak for "double dip"
  Dogblaster

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5/23/13 6:48:57 AM#32
I hope it is b2p with sub option ... if its f2p with sub .. fuck this
  Nikopol

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5/23/13 8:40:21 AM#33

I'm OK with a hybrid model... as long as it doesn't have a cash shop! :P

Haha, yeah, now you go figure that out, Carbine.

  udon

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5/23/13 8:56:48 AM#34

If they went with a EQ2, TSW, LOTR's or SWTOR style hybrid except with a box purchase that would be ok assuming they are truly committed to the PVE end game long term.  Their Raid content better rock socks out of the gate if they have any desire to build a raiding community though as I still believe most hard core raiding guilds are going to look down on a F2P/B2P game even if it does have a sub option.

The big issue with that though is all the Hybrid model MMO's launched as sub and migrated to hybrid and Wildstar is talking about launching that way.  I'm not really sure how they plan on pulling that one off but I guess we will have to wait and see.

My main issue with B2P and F2P is there isn't a game on the market today using those models that takes PVE end game seriously.  All the developer time is spent focused on PVP or Adventure box style PVE meant more to clog up your inventory with useless fluff items that you need to buy more inventory slots for rather then provide any kind of worthwhile large group PVE content.  The Sub games that went Hybrid do offer raiding but all of them offered it before the F2P conversion instead of launching that way.

I honestly don't care about the payment model as long as it's a good game with a deep PVE progression curve.  All the F2P and B2P games released to date have fallen way short of that.  And yea most sub games released have to which is probably one of the reasons they are pretty much all F2P now.

 

  azmundai

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5/24/13 1:19:59 PM#35

all this says to me is "we can't make the game worth $15 a month." which is worrisome. I don't really want to play a game that isn't worth $15 a month. I've been looking forward to this game for a while, but recently my interest is waning. Really starting to look like just another game. The paths, housing and warplots loot like amazing ideas though .. so I am quite sure i will check it out .. but if there is a f2p option this pretty much ensures that I will play for free until I am bored and then quit .. unless it actually turns out to be worth $15 a month.

either way I won't give a game with astral diamond type currencies any of my money unless it is setup so that people with a sub don't have any need to every touch an astral diamond.

LFD tools are great for cramming people into content, but quality > quantity.
I am, usually on the sandbox .. more "hardcore" side of things, but I also do just want to have fun. So lighten up already :)

  Zapzap

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5/24/13 1:37:02 PM#36

Hybrid model sounds like it will be sub based for those that actually play the game but F2P with a cash shop for the casual masses that will never see the endgame of a MMO and who only play a game a few hours before they get bored and move to the next game they will leave.

Basically one ends up with a sub based game full of ultra casuals in the starter zones.  Hopefully they will restrict global chat so these game hoppers will not ruin the community.

  Zakane

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5/24/13 3:44:11 PM#37

Are we all not speculating a bit much from a single sentence that seemed to have been made up on the spot as in a fleeting moment?

Honestly I like B2P model similar to GW2. It seems to be working for them well. I also like Pay to Play models.

F2P is a failing system IMO, but that is just me.

Honestly I am not sure why everyone is so gun ho for F2P type models, you have to pay for every other form of entertainment. I get heck of a lot more for 15bucks a month on an online game then I do with a 15 bucks 3d movie at the movie theatre. 

Aaah 3d movies the truth rip off if every there was one.

  Ozmodan

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5/27/13 12:21:10 PM#38
Originally posted by boxsnd
Another nail in P2P's coffin.

There is a huge difference between a hybrid and a f2p!  If you can't figure that out I feel sorry for you.  To sum it up in one word it is content.

People who like the game will sub.  They can try it out as a f2p.  So it really it in no way a nail in the p2p coffin, just another option.  Just ask some of these other hybrid games how many subs they have, there are a lot.

  hMJem

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Posts: 468

5/27/13 7:33:31 PM#39

Isn't Rift a soon-to-be free to play game that has good end-game?

 

Towelie personally thinks Rift is the 2nd best MMO out right now, behind WoW since for him WoW dishes out content and does most things pretty well.

 

Everquest Next is also releasing this year at TOTALLY FREE TO PLAY. Don't even need to buy the game. That will get a lot more of a chance than a game you need to go out on a limb for and buy the game + sub.

 

Theres a lot of pressure on MMOs nowadays on which business model to pick

  Sho0terMcgavin

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5/27/13 8:21:00 PM#40
Originally posted by Darkholme

One of the last questions asked towards the very end of the video;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfnpbIhY2PU

If you want to go straight to that timestamp;

http://youtu.be/VfnpbIhY2PU?t=16m

Discuss, complain, etc...

Edited for clicky link. ;)

Thanks for taking the time to post these links.  I enjoyed the video, all 16 mins of it lol.  I honestly  could care less what model they use.  I will be playing this regardless.  But, in order of personal preference.  I would go B2P (like GW2), P2P, then F2P.  F2P's no limit to enter the game lets people troll and pretty much destroy any F2P community feeling.  I know trolling happens in every game.  I just find the community in all the F2P mmos i've tried (i've tried a lot), to be a little lacking in any cooperation.  Again, only my opinion.  

 

 

P.S.  I know all games have trolls and problems.  But, when a game has a box price.  A lot of little kids and trolls don't enter in droves. 

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