A few days ago we reported on a video log from The Secret World that hinted at a possible future for the game that didn’t include subscriptions. This morning Funcom officially announced that the game will be adopting a buy to play model similar to Guild Wars 2. Purchasing the box at its current $30 price point unlocks the full game and all 4 “Issue” updates and the upcoming “Issue 5” update. Buy the game before December 31st and you’ll also get a few extra goodies as well.
Perhaps the most important question on potential player’s minds is “Are there any restrictions?” According to The Secret World forums: The Secret World will also continue to offer an optional subscription that nets players some monthly extras in the way of experience perks and Cash Shop currency. Lifetime subscribers automatically receive these and other perks.
“No. You have access to all the content available right now, including all playfields, all missions; you may enter all lairs, participate in raids, learn all abilities, use all equipment and so on.”
The full details and FAQs can be found here: here.
While it may not be the fully free to play announcement many expected, do you think this is enough to draw a player base or will Funcom have to drop the box fee to attract your attention? Let us know below!