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Another major MMORPG is going free-to-play
Another major MMORPG is going free-to-play
May 14, 2013 | By Kris Graft

May 14, 2013 | By Kris Graft
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Trion Worlds' MMORPG Rift is set to go free-to-play, starting June 12, alongside the launch of its next major content update.

The move to free-to-play is a significant change for the subscription-based game, which launched over two years ago with an initial development budget of $50 million.

Rift launched as a subscription-based game as an increasing amount of MMOs were embracing the free-to-play, microtransaction-based model.

Trion said that the entire game world and all current and future updates will be available free of cost. The game will feature an expanded in-game digital storefront where players can buy virtual items like mounts and clothing.

There will also be a subscription option that gives paying players extra benefits. Other rewards are planned for current and previous subscribers.

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Mike Griffin
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I imagine the Rift forums are exploding with "The game is ruined now!" comments.

A brief look at Trion's cash shop and premium perks for the F2P model seems to indicate mostly sensible choices were made, with a great effort to dispel "pay-to-win" fears.

Of course, what else would you say? :)

Lex Allen
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Well, it's extremely difficult to make money on merchandise. They must be really struggling, but who can blame them. There are so many games and the competition for users' attention has driven prices to negative dollars. Yes, some sites are actually paying their users to play games right now.


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