The Secret World has become the latest MMO to learn that, if it ain't Warcraft, it ain't getting away with charging subscription fees. Mandatory fees have been dropped from Funcom's ailing game, though other areas of monetization are being used.
DLC packs will be attempting to make extra cash from January, with the first pack free to anybody who registers for the game in December. An optional payment of $15 a month will give players double XP boosts, bonus points, gifts, and a 10% in-game store discount. There's also a lifetime membership option, granting a 20% store discount.
Anybody who still has a lasting subscription with the game shall be granted 1,200 points, a time accelerator boost, and a gift item.
At this point, it really can't be surprising, no matter how optimistic a developer may be. Outside of Blizzard's flagship MMO, there just doesn't seem to be a market willing to keep paying a fee over and above the initial purchase price, certainly not one big enough to sustain a business. Makes me wonder what The Elder Scrolls Online is going to do now.
|1:00 PM on 01.10.2013|
The Secret World sees 400% increase in 'activity levels'
Taking The Secret World from a subscription-based game to the "buy-to-play" model has done quite well for Funcom. The company has called this re-launch a success, announcing that "Activity levels in the game have increased by...more
|3:00 PM on 11.14.2012|
The Secret World gets a chunky update
After four months, The Secret World finally gets its first raid, along with new missions and features in the largest update so far. It was this MMO's dearth of multiplayer opportunities that made me ditch it in fav...more
|11:00 PM on 10.18.2012|
Halloween comes early to The Secret World
Are you still playing The Secret World? Now would be a good time to log back in, as Funcom has pushed out some Halloween-centric content by way of the new update, Issue #3: The Cat God. It wouldn't be an MMO without nods to ...more
|8:00 PM on 09.17.2012|
Funcom has tools to make The Secret World free to play
Following the recent layoffs at Funcom, GamesIndustry caught up with CEO Ole Schreiner to talk about the subscription-based model The Secret World uses. He says that the game is profitable now that re-structuring has happened...more
|12:30 PM on 09.11.2012|
The Secret World lead game designer laid off
Funcom MMO The Secret World did not do as well as they had hoped it would, selling only 200,000 copies since its July launch. And now, as it usually goes, the layoffs happen. A notable casualty is The Secret World's lea...more
|11:00 AM on 08.29.2012|
The Secret World sold only 200,000 copies since launch
Financials for Funcom for this last quarter show disappointing results for their newest, MMO The Secret World. The game sold only 200,000 copies since its June 29th launch, despite more than half a million players having sign...more
|4:30 PM on 07.13.2012|
Secret World's first content update announced
Set to go live July 31st, The Secret World's first content update, Unleashed, (referred to as Issue #1) has been revealed, with promises of more issues coming every month. This first round of content will contain se...more
|2:00 PM on 07.09.2012|
The Secret World 'Chronicle' profile and leaderboard tool
Funcom has launched a new profile and leader board service for new MMO The Secret World today called Chronicle. By logging in here players can view a complete record of their journey through the game, as well as character pro...more
|6:15 PM on 07.03.2012|
The Secret World launch trailer should be seen
If you've been keeping up with Funcom's newly released MMO The Secret World, you'll know exactly what to expect. But, for those that haven't, this new launch trailer shows just how vast and lovely this game's world is. Eithe...more
|6:00 PM on 05.15.2013|
Star Wars: The Old Republic customization update now live
BioWare has rolled out "Game Update 2.1: Customization" for Star Wars: The Old Republic. As previously demonstrated, this update introduces the Cathar as a playable race up for purchase at the Cartel Market as well as an Appe...more
|10:00 PM on 05.14.2013|
Survarium alpha offers an early look at gameplay
Vostok Games' Survarium has resurfaced thanks to the massively multiplayer online first-person shooter's ongoing alpha test. This is the game that always gets mentioned alongside the fun-to-bring-up S.T.A.L.K.E.R., given its ...more
|6:30 PM on 05.14.2013|
The WWII dogfights of War Thunder are headed to PS4
Gaijin Entertainment is bringing its free-to-play massively-multiplayer online game War Thunder to PlayStation 4 this holiday season. There's nothing in the way of screenshots for the expanded release, though we do have a te...more