The new CEO of Funcom, Ole Schreine, spoke recently to GamesIndustry.biz about development in the world of MMOs and the future of The Secret World. Schriene stated, “That said we definitely have the tools to turn The Secret World into a free-to-play game – or even hybrid – should we decide to do that somewhere down the line.” Something Funcom did with Age of Conan that resulted in significant success, gaining over 600,000 new players in a span of only 4 months.
Speculating on the future of The Secret World, all signs point to the MMO going F2P. The MMO has already had issues delivering it’s promised content updates on time, a usual sign of internal trouble for an MMO. We have seen countless times in the past a sort of “structure” used when pursuing the F2P route with a previously P2P title.
It all starts with less then expected results from sales and subscription numbers reported, it then moves on to reports and talks of F2P being an “option” for the developers to consider, from here it moves on to free trials, and lastly we get the full conversion to a Free to Play model. On top of this, Funcom already has experience with converting Age of Conan to the F2P model, making this familiar territory for the developers, and perhaps speeding up the decision process as to whether or not the model will change.
What is your thoughts on the matter? Do you think we will see The Secret World go F2P by the end of the year? Would you play it? Let us know.