“One hundred years have passed since the Spellplague forever changed the magical and mysterious lands of Faerûn. Mighty empires fell and great cities toppled, leaving only monster-haunted ruins and survivors struggling to rebuild.” http://nw.perfectworld.com
The game actually looks quite interesting and I’m always ready to try something new to the MMO market. You have nothing to lose so why not watch the game trailer and take it for a spin? I’ve added this one to my Twitter feed so I can keep up-to-date as the game progresses.
If you’re an MMO junkie like me you’ll be used to paying your subscription fee or even fees for your games of choice, but in the last 12 months there has been a distinct shift with a lot of the games out there to utilise the free-to-play (F2P) model. You’ll know exactly what I mean when I say that it’s been a contentious issue which has divided the gaming community. There are so many different MMORPGs out there for you to choose from and if you are unsure of the style you want to play the F2P model is definitely a great way to find out what it is that you like doing, mmorpg.com have a great A-Z list. If you do already have friends playing something like World of Warcraft, Diablo III or Guild Wars, or you are happy to pay the flat/subscription fee these are great games to get involved with and there is a big community out there to help you find your feet.
But what is F2P exactly?
F2P games don’t require you to pay a fee to play the game, you can play forever, for free. Some players will then choose to spend money on things within the game via in-game stores such as new gear, experience boosts, aesthetics (e.g., hair and appearance), repairs, etc.
So, why are some subscription-based MMOs moving to this model?
Subscriptions can be a barrier to adoption, you have to persuade people to commit to a regular monthly payment. This model allows anyone to try the game and enables those people who decide to get more involved with the game to buy things that they want within it to make their online experience more enjoyable. Gamers can also play several games at the same time without incuring several subscription costs. It’s great for software companies because they can get more players to try their games which means that games no longer need to appeal to a mass-market, you can now have successful, profitable games that can corner a niche in the market.
In that case, why are people still going with the subscription-based model?
It all comes down to MMOs being able to justify their subscription fees in the eyes of the gamers. World of Warcraft for example, still looks relatively safe, especially given its revitalised subscriber numbers following the release of Mists of Pandaria, but for other games it may just be a matter of time. While F2P may seem like a good way to give consumers more options, not everyone is happy about it. Unlike monthly subscriptions, there are many variations on the F2P model. They may not have time limits like free trials but they are often limited in other ways to encourage gamers to spend money in-game. As a result, the amount that a F2P game can actually be enjoyed for free varies greatly from player to player and between games.
Is there an answer to this question of F2P or subscription?
Not really, but it’s worth noting that they are not mutually exclusive. In some cases a F2P version is coupled with an optional subscription plan that includes access to all of the game’s features. There are always going to be different play models and I think it’s just a matter of finding the model that works for the game and also for the gamer.
If you are thinking of trying out an MMO for the first time, or if you want to try something new, we’ve shortlisted 5 free MMOs that you can try right now:
4. Planetside 2 Truly epic, massive combat on a scale never before seen in stunning detail.
5. Runes of Magic Comparable to WoW, but with dual class system, which allows you to enjoy the skills of both.
There doesn’t seem to be a perfect business model for MMORPGs, not now anyway – so we’ll be keeping a keen eye out for future developments and keep you updated on what’s happening with MMORPGs in 2013.
“The road may be long, and the dangers may be great, but the reward is well worth it… the title of greatest Goblin Keeper of all time!”Goblin Keeper Game Guide
Looking for something to play in your downtime or lunchbreak, why not try out the new free-to-play online game from Night Owl Games called Goblin Keeper. I can only describe it as a strange combination of The Sims, Lemmings and Farmville – be careful it’s strangely addictive.
You are an evil overlord and the aim of the game is total world domination! You achieve this lofty goal by building an army of goblins, orcs, warlocks and other creatures forming your very own empire. All you have to do is keep your army happy with food and gold and get them to build for you as needed, dens for sleeping, mines for resources such as gold, iron and crystal and a library for research among other things – the more they learn the more you are able to achieve for your dungeon, more workers, more space and more powerful creatures. The game has it’s own shop, similar to GW2 but of course on a smaller scale, where you can buy things such as upgrades, boosts, and recipes, or you can trade with other players. All this empire building eventually means that you are able to send out your army on raids to villages or keeps, in turn you need to defend your dungeon from other raiding parties. It has all the right elements, levelling, PvP, PvE, crafting, and it also a really good method of introducing you to the game without resorting to the usual tutorial routines, you are gradually introduced to the elements of the game and suddenly you are playing on your own and relying less on the help tips.
Here’s a quick rundown of the game features:
– Dungeon: Build your dungeons according to your imagination.
– Crafting: When your rooms are created, use the workshop to improve them with equipment and furniture.
– Tactics: Develop various tactics to defend your dungeon and to fight back raids.
– PvP: Relaxing belongs to history: face other players in battle, loot their dungeons and eliminate their creatures.
– PvE: Down with the elves! Destroy and loot the homes of these pointy-ears on your overworld raids.
“Imagine if every myth, conspiracy theory and urban legend was true”.Funcom
The word is out about Funcom’s ‘The Secret World’ and everyone seems to be checking out this game. This weekend the game will be F2P, if you created an account for beta testing you can use this without having bought the game, while new players just need to sign up for an account. TSW is termed a modern-day MMO, set in a world where every conspiracy theory, myth and legend is true, three ancient societies (the Dragon, the Illuminati and the Templars) must come together to fight the rising darkness. There are no classes or levels, just choose your society and make the game your own. I’m intrigued by the idea of this MMO, it seems so different… I wonder if it can make good on it’s claims? I’m looking forward to taking a look for myself.