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Submitted by Shoul 282d ago | opinion piece

Why Buy-to-Play is the Future for MMOs

"While many people think only of the 'Free-to-play' and 'Subscription' based services in the world of MMOs, it is the middle-ground that will emerge victorious.

There are three distinct common MMO payment models: Subscription, Buy-to-Play and Free-to-Play. Subscriptions requires a monthly fee, Buy-to-Play requires a one-time fee and Free-to-Play requires none, and any payment is optional. Below rests a list of reasons why Guild Wars 2's model, Buy-to-Play, is the future for MMOs." (Culture, Guild Wars 2, PC)

mattdillahunty  +   282d ago
it's certainly the future for me. i bought Guild Wars 2, played it for 5-6 months, took breaks when i felt like it, and didn't feel tethered to some subscription model like i was with WoW.

for any future MMOs, if they're not b2p or f2p then i'm not interested. i don't mind cash shops (as long as it's not pay to win), but i'm not paying a monthly sub just to play. i don't care how good the game is.
SeraphimBlade  +   282d ago
I'd give anything for The Old Republic to have gone this route. Subscription was just too much and F2P felt neutered unless you subscribed. Seriously, if your game has been heavily marketed as story-driven, has eight stories, but only two free character slots, you're NOT F2P. And then it asks old subscribers like me to pick only two characters to reactivate. Thank God there isn't a famous Holocaust anecdote I could tastelessly relate that to for a cheap joke.
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mattdillahunty  +   282d ago
that's a good point about that type of f2p. if a company puts out a game with a f2p option, but everything that lets you enjoy the game is hidden behind a subscription paywall, there's really no f2p option. nobody wants to play a watered down version of their game with virtually no options available to them.

i wouldn't mind a f2p game with content hidden behind a one-time-payment wall, though. i do understand these games take money to develop, and i'm more than willing to pay for it once. just not every month. lol.
Chrono  +   282d ago
Anything except mandatory monthly payments can be good.
hkgamer  +   282d ago
disagree, mandatory monthly payments are good aswell...

Plenty of free to play is rubbish as well...
thrust  +   282d ago
I agree, subs are good when it comes to mmo it helps to keep the servers running good, I played wow for 5+ years and to this day was the best gaming I have had in my life.

Was in a guild called DAWN on zenedar as a warlock for alot of the time and we were known across the EU , great times never had a time like it since I was only playing a game I enjoyed.

Roll on the next blizzard mmo I say!
Anthotis  +   282d ago
Buy to play is fine with me.

I've had alot of practice buying to play during my 20 or so years of gaming.
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hkgamer  +   282d ago
future? I think gaming has moved from that. Do people even play the same game for more than a year now? Only a select few are able to make it.
FamilyGuy  +   282d ago
I wish FF14Arr ould just be Buy-2-play, even at a higher cost ($100). Paying monthly sucks, especially for a console gamer like myself that's use to one time fees.
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