Stick with me MMOBombers, this gets a little weird. Today My.com announced that the closed beta for the upcoming Western release for Revelation Online will begin in October. That’s the good news…and also the easy news. Where things get confusing is the apparent announcement, then lack of an announcement on the game’s business model.

It may be easy to lump the game into the free-to-play MMORPG category, but with My.com being rather hesitant to actually announce the payment model, we’ve speculated on this site that maybe the company would try to go the buy-to-play route like Black Desert did. So what happened today? Well, My.com revealed the Founder’s Packs for Revelation. Ranging from $17.99 to $89.99 USD, these packs guarantee beta access, head starts, and other in-game items (the value of the packs is a hotly debated topic on the game’s forums right now.) Seeing that the packs contained “Premium Account” time, I said to myself, “Self, this game is going free-to-play…BUT they could be doing a sub option inside their B2P game like The Secret World does.”

I then leave the Founder’s Pack page itself and visit the official announcement of the packs and am greeted with the opening sentence of “Disclosing a free to play business model, Revelation Online’s beta for Europe and North America is planned for October 2016.” “Oh, F2P confirmed,” I say to myself.

I then visit the forums to see what the fans think and see multiple posts from the same Community Manager that made the initial announcement saying they aren’t ready to confirm model yet….I’m confused…MAYBE what they are saying is that they aren’t ready to reveal the cash shop costs or premium time costs yet. Fine, I get that…maybe it’s just awkward wording in their replies…but then I see them referring people that want to speculate on the game’s business model to a post specifically made for that topic. It’s all very weird.

At the end of the day, it looks like Revelation will be free-to-play to me, which honestly comes as a surprise to me, but what’s with the dodgy presentation? Even the game’s FAQ still says the model is undecided.

If you want to check it out and get yourself a Founder’s Pack, you can do so here.

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Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

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  1. Derpdyderp on August 27, 2016

    Im gonan enjoy this P2W game. My.com/Mail.ru are super greed.

  2. Urs00 on August 26, 2016

    when they refuse to announce the payment model, it is a bad sign…
    usually it means that they want to go b2p (because western players love to pay a lot for crappy games) but wants the publicity of a f2p game

  3. cacaballz on August 26, 2016

    How did magicmoronman think it was b2p? My only publishes f2p.. It’s free in CN… And no secret f2p in west…
    Every f2p pre release offers cbt packs… You turds comparing this to wow lololol, you must be brain dead or scared this title might be good

    • Shanex on August 26, 2016

      Had this same response, just think of this game as Blade and Soul’s launch, exact same way except this game has an open beta.

  4. Nyobari on August 26, 2016

    Flying cat mount for 5 players.
    This may be the best Founders Pack item in history.

  5. Filippo on August 26, 2016

    What does it change? B2P.. P2P.. either way this is a korean game and it will end Pay to win like all his brothers out there.

    Never trust a korean game. NEVER

    • no_thanks on August 26, 2016

      thats so right. It always comes as a grinder with heavy pay to win

      • Merkadis on August 26, 2016

        Actually this one is a Chinese game.
        The payment model can be both worse than in a Korean mmo or better.
        It depends on mail.ru greed i suppose since they are the publisher. But technically it should be okay if the payment model in Skyforge is any indication.

        • Rawasa on August 27, 2016

          Actually its My.com who is the publisher for Skyforge and Revelation for NA/EU, Mail.ru is revelation’s RU publisher.

          • Merkadis on August 27, 2016

            My.com IS mail.ru fyi.

  6. hovsep on August 26, 2016

    well if people still agree with b2p even after all i said about b2p fine go for it dun blame the devs for your stupidity for paying for a f2p game.

  7. Za'Muro on August 25, 2016

    the only mmo that is worth money is WoW, almost nothing else since most of them are failures

    • ASD on August 26, 2016

      Sad but true. I’ve known MMos that had potential to take on WoW but they mostly became failures because of greed/half finished or being 2 lazy to finish up the project. But blizzard did it right with World of warcraft’s concept and business model.

    • OMGFrogz on August 27, 2016

      It’s sad, but so true. They became the first successful MMORPG and that title is never going to be taken away, especially since their player-base is huge.

      Pay to play games are the least likely to be pay to win. But free to play games lack a decent source of revenue especially since the only way to make an amazing MMORPG with next-gen graphics is an extensive budget.
      And companies will try to make their profit asap. Even if they have to incorporate pay to win elements. I believe most companies try to refrain from doing so in the beginning, but if their game is not generating enough income to completely obliterate the server costs and pay the employees, you then have a game with p2w elements. And from there, it only gets worse.

      Yes, you can make an amazing game with a somewhat lower budget but certain parts will be lacking.

  8. Salamander Ham on August 25, 2016

    I’m excited for this and at $17.99 USD for the starter bundle is a pretty low price.

  9. ASD on August 25, 2016

    My guess they are gonna buy 2 play model. 2nd guess is free 2 play. I highly doubt they would do a subscription model not many games are doing it the only successful game who pulled it off was world of warcraft and they even avoided it with overwatch which was a good call in my opinion.

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