Kapow! Marvel's Superhero MMO Will Be F2P

Status
Not open for further replies.

tehTyrant

Distinguished
Aug 10, 2009
13
0
18,510
0
So by being F2P... pretty much taking the point that it's going to suck. And like F2P if you REALLY want to play the game, you're going to have to pay anyway. Don't understand why people are afraid of paying a monthly payment when they probably or will be dropping more money on whatever gimmick the employ to get you to have to pay.

I'll pass.
 

boogien8

Distinguished
May 7, 2009
41
0
18,530
0
It could have good entertainment value even for FTP. There's plenty of games that are good examples of FTP where you absolutely can get away with just playing for free. They have events and stuff that give you items you would normally pay for. I hope this turns out good, I can see if they employ it the way tanks, scouts,wizard type and healers could be employed via marvel characters.
 

NuclearShadow

Distinguished
Sep 20, 2007
1,535
0
19,810
5
I don't think F2P MMO's are a certainty of them being poor, nor does a P2P MMO mean its going to be good. My position on the issue is that ever since the original EverQuest massive success for its time everyone wanted to a piece of the pie. This created two attitudes one being the positive one that they want as much gamers as possible by trying to make the best quality game they could (Dark Age of Camelot, World of Warcraft as examples) and then the ones that just want to rush believing it will lead to massive profits. (Asheron’s Call 2,Age of Conan) In-fact notice that all listed are/were P2P. The F2P concept profiting through a item-shop certainly does not spell doom for the quality while not being such WoW was more of leaning towards it before it was released. The majority of MMORPG's quality is poor P2P or F2P but there are profits and advantages of being F2P and its only a matter of time before we see more quality ones make the shift from release.
 

mikepaul

Distinguished
Jan 17, 2006
87
0
18,630
0
Dragon Age Legends is 'free to play' on Facebook, but only if you wait forever for stuff to be crafted, and if you skip any customization that needs 'crowns', like extra crafting spots in existing rooms.

There needs to be short jargon for "free to play without sacrificing anything" that can be used, or, perhaps, not used when 'free to play' is all you're going to get...
 

EvanBGood

Distinguished
Apr 22, 2011
15
0
18,520
1
The interesting thing is that lots of F2P games are becoming more profitable than the regular monthly subscription style games (WoW excluded, of course). For example, Lord of the Rings Online's profits exploded after they created a free-to-play model and converted their monthly system to a "VIP" system. It's tricky to do correctly, though. F2P games welcome hackers, gold farmers, and every other kind of unsavory internet type, while a lot of them are, in truth, "free to play, unless you want to ACTUALLY do anything". A good security and player management system combined with a system that gives paying players more fun or enjoyment, but not an overwhelming advantage, seem to be key.

As for Marvel... ehhhh... We'll see. DC Universe Online left a lot to be desired, and in general, I feel like MMORPGs are starting to hit the point of over-saturation. It's going to take something special to be a success, no matter how "free" it is.
 

choirbass

Distinguished
Dec 14, 2005
1,586
0
19,780
0
its free... what more can you expect?... 'if' you expect better enjoyment, you can probably expect to pay... sure, you can play... but demos are much the same way, and they dont charge you either. the only sense of purchasing, is to get more for your money. again, when its free for the consumer directly, dont expect much beyond what free would offer. and dont just waste money on expecting, but only to come away disappointed. unless you just have money to waste, and could care less whether what you were buying was actually any good. again, free is what sells.
 

NuclearShadow

Distinguished
Sep 20, 2007
1,535
0
19,810
5
[citation][nom]EvanBGood[/nom]I feel like MMORPGs are starting to hit the point of over-saturation. It's going to take something special to be a success, no matter how "free" it is.[/citation]

Too many hands trying to fit into a cookie jar that has a finite amount of cookies as well. It's hard enough to get ones hand in the jar never-mind successfully extract a cookie.

I would expand your statement of it requiring to be something special to all upcoming MMORPG's. However the vast majority are nothing more than slight alterations when it boils down to it. They know what generally works and are accepted by players so they recycle it. This however dooms them to failure however as it makes no reason for players to go to them or at-least stay once there. Innovation and MMORPG's use to go hand and hand however now its about trying to push something out and innovation requires more time and money invested. To put it simply, they would rather rush and fail than to invest effort and possibly succeed.
 

nukemaster

Titan
Moderator
My issue with most F2P games. Micro-transactions that out do the monthly fees. And most of the time they limit the free users so much that there is no fun.

COH was still the best super hero MMO I played. Well before they started making the game too easy.
 

bildo123

Distinguished
Feb 6, 2007
1,599
0
19,810
8
[citation][nom]fyasko[/nom]David Brevik left blizzard? that's why D3 has a WOW-feel.[/citation]

Blizzard North dissipated around 2003 I believe, the people who made Diablo and Diablo 2. But overall yes, that's why Diablo has that WoW/Disney Esq' color pallet.
 

masterbinky

Distinguished
Oct 21, 2010
42
0
18,530
0
If it is balanced right, like not alienating people that are not paying at that time, and a good game, F2P is a good model for people that have less time to play an mmo and run a multiple 3 hour instance/dungeon/thingie for a chance at the chance item drop, that is required. The problem with F2P is that someone along the decision line thinks "Hey, if we make this part suck then they'll have to pay!", at which point the person just quits. So if they make everything awesome without paying, and then it's just shiny awesome if you pay, there are plenty of people that pay for the shiny.
 

amdwilliam1985

Distinguished
Mar 30, 2006
390
0
18,780
0
League of Legends is a very good example of free to play. It is awesome, and I am quite addicted to it.
They only charge people for buying hero skins, which does not affect the game play at all.
 

gm0n3y

Distinguished
Mar 13, 2006
3,441
0
20,780
0
I'm just not convinced that a free to play MMO can be a good game. I'd much rather they had a free area that allows users to try the game out (basically a demo area) without a time limit. I'd also be happy if they had a free to play game that you could pay a monthly fee to get the premium content. I just don't want to play a game where I have to constantly be making smaller purchases (with real money). The money aspect of those games always ends up ruining it for me.
 

balister

Distinguished
Sep 6, 2006
403
0
18,790
2
[citation][nom]fyasko[/nom]David Brevik left blizzard? that's why D3 has a WOW-feel.[/citation]

Where have you been? Brevik and the Shaeffers left Blizzard years ago when Vivendi was talking about selling them (this was before the Activision purchase by Vivendi and merger of Activision and Blizzard). Brevik and the Shaeffers felt that Vivendi was going to screw them over and pretty much left and took most of the Blizzard North staff with them. Flagship Studios (now defunct) was started by most of the Blizzard North staff that broke off. When Hellgate: London crashed and burned, Flagship broke up and the Shaeffers and Brevik when in different directions.
 

old_newbie

Distinguished
Feb 6, 2009
87
0
18,630
0
First, I must applaud Gazillion for at least making the adjustment to better align with modern times. I like the concept of FTP in that a company puts out a game and if its good, the players will pay. Meaning that I retain the choice of spending my money on what I consider to be quality. Whats more is, you can get the full game experience without spending a dime.

Actually, the PC games I'm playing right now are free to play games (Vindictus and Dragon saga). I even brought some game cards from my local supermarket to get some specialty items from the in game shops. I didn't even think twice about it, because the games are pretty fun. I'm actually looking forward to playing Nexon's next FTP game Dragon Nest, and will prolly buy another game card for more specialty items to distinguish my characters.

Right now the Korean FTP games are really booming. They have licensed several Japanese classic action titles and turned them into online FTP action MMO games (Rockman X, Ghouls and ghosts, Pokemon, etc.) along with some really good originals (Rusty Hearts). If you like anime style games and old school action, there are a wealth.

The only "down" side with some FTP is dont expect GPU busting graphics. Most of these games are made with older engines (Valve Source, Epic Unreal 2.5, etc.). However, that doesn't mean the games wont be fun and I like having butter smooth frame rates in my games. That also doesn't preclude updates/upgrades as the game gains popularity.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

ASK THE COMMUNITY