Forging Ahead: Forge going Free-to-Play next week

Michael Dunaway
By Michael Dunaway, News Editor August 17, 2013
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Forge has had a rough year. The self described class based, third person fantasy shooter originally debuted on Kickstarter back in 2012, but fell short of its 300,000 dollar goal. Yet, Dark Vale Games the studio behind Forge found the will and the way to continue development. The studio opened up pre-orders on the official Forge website and a few months later Forge emerged.

The best way to describe Forge would be to call it a mix of ability style combat found in most free aiming action MMOs, with the movement fluidity of something like GunZ. What you get is very fluid MMO PvP combat without the MMO. Players need only worry about their personal skills and not what items or upgrades their enemies posses.

When Forge was released it was met with some success which allowed Dark Vale to continue development on the game as they had initially intended. However, the studio has been forced once more into survival mode and has decided to shed the price tag and go Free-to-Play. In a news post on the official Forge website the developers spoke of why they choose to pursue F2P and shed some light on Forge's F2P model:

So, what will Forge F2P look like? Well, we continue to stand by our commitment that Forge will not be pay-to-win. As you see from our item store already, items are cosmetic. We hope in the future to add customization to cosmetic items as well. So the assassin could have a different dagger that gave her some kind of customization as well. For now, we will offer armor sets and XP boosts. We will be introducing 4 new sets including Bivröst Armor, Gullveig’s Armor, Armor of Muspelheim, and new war-painted helms: the Bardajalmor. For a while we had the idea of being a little more of a Freemium offering and charging for Progression. We have since decided from feedback from all of you to drop this idea and allow all access to the Item Store.

Looks like Forge's cash shop dodged the Freemium bullet and ended up in a nice spot. From the looks of things, everyone will get a chance to use the cash shop not just those with cold hard cash. But how expensive will these items actually be? Dark Vale explains:

We’ve been getting a lot of feedback from all of you as well as from some F2P experts on our pricing. One common theme is that we need to have items priced for all types of players. So, some that are priced for the first purchase player and some higher priced more exclusive items. We also want to take into account the time it takes to play Forge to unlock some of these items. For example, The Kaldrhiti Armor takes around 800 games to unlock. It’s hard to put a price on your time playing Forge, but we don’t want to de-value it. So, this will obviously be a higher priced more exclusive item.

So it may take some time to get the rarest armor, but keep in mind it also took a long time to acquire before the game went F2P. Dark Vale is hoping to get Forge switched over in an upcoming patch sometime next week. Does Forge interest you?

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In this article: f2p, PvP, MMO, Forge, Dark Vale Games, Action.

About the Author

Michael Dunaway
Michael Dunaway, News Editor
Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.

Discussion (43)

NobleNerd 8 years ago
By habit anymore, I wait at least 6-8 months for most games to see how they fair before purchasing. The "buy now and get early access to beta" ones I ignore almost completely (money grabbers). If a game can make it 8 months with a steady flow of players I consider playing it and putting money into it.

This game had fail written all over it. They didn't make the kick starter goal. They then rushed it into launch. I hope with f2p it bails them out.

Draugen 8 years ago
Is the game worth the Time?

devilr 8 years ago
Why all game i buy go f2p ? OK,the game have not a lot of player but ... i buy it and i now i will have stupid gift for 2/3 dollars ,seriously its stupid ,i pays 15 dollars and the other nothing ,i hate game wo go f2p all times little kids invasion or pay 2 win ...

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xcr00k3dx 8 years ago
I wont deny, this game looks bad-ass. Hopefully it will run well on my computer...

LordHikaru 8 years ago
Friends and I used to play months and months ago. We had fun but alot of it really depends on who you're playing with. Can have a fairly balanced match going if everyone knows what their doing but then you can have matches where your team has stragglers and it often gets tipped in the other teams favor while you and whoever knows what their doing try to salvage when you can of a losing match to at least end decently.

jonathansty 8 years ago
Forge is amazing. I can't wait for more players to join the game!

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Gamer X 8 years ago
Not surprised. It even standed b2p more than I thought. Might try it after it goes f2p tho.

zellof 8 years ago
dont know why they want to make this game f2p no one plays this crap on steam maybe get a few months worth of playtime out of it then this just flops again...

Hawaif 8 years ago
Wow looks amazing. What is hw req. ?:-)

clockwerkninja 8 years ago
Ok, I will bite. .Could be a hidden gem.

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Derpy 8 years ago
When i saw pyromancer i was hooked~ MOUTED AS BaLLS

SillyPantalones 8 years ago
I was actually pondering buying this game when it was on free weekend on steam i really liked it but there was a small playerbase, now it's the perfect time

nexthazard 8 years ago
Lol 1st thing is said when i saw this game in dev was that it should be f2p loool it always happens xD!

unmarked 8 years ago
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANT!!!!!

Aladeen 8 years ago
Should have been free or low priced in the first place.

iluvgamez 8 years ago
I thought many times about this game and if i should buy it but never did it so im kinda glade to see it going F2P. Ill download it and give it a try.

Draul 8 years ago
Personally when I hear a game I paid for is going free to play it pissses me off. When games do this they should offer refunds to those who bought the game in the first place.

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BuriedShadows 8 years ago
Spunk, the game looks interesting, will we be ssing a first look once it goes FTP?

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TheGamer 8 years ago
What happens to the people that bought the game, like me?

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Mr.Heartless 8 years ago
I'll try it out just to see if it is worth it, hopefully it is and it would then be in a better position to achieve the success that it deserves.

Rufinus 8 years ago
finally a good game i can look forward to

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FPS2RPG 8 years ago
MOUNTED

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