First Black Desert Online, and now Quake Live? Depending on how you look at it, it’s been a bad month for free-to-play, or a good month for buy-to-play.

id Software and Bethesda Softwork’s Quake Live, which was free-to-play upon its release on Steam in January of last year, has ditched its F2P model in favor of a buy-to-play model, requiring a one-time up-front purchase of $9.99. The game’s old launcher has been retired, and the only way to get the game now is via Steam.

In a message on the game’s Steam page, id’s Mike “Sponge” Rubis writes that the game is fully integrated with Steam now, using it for friends, chat, server browsers, statistics, achievements and more.

“By retiring our services and subscription service, all players now have the same benefits and features in-game. All players can participate in map voting processes, have full access to customize their game to the same degree as others, and have the ability to run their own Listen Servers and configure their matches to their own liking.”

We’re hearing that if you had the free version of Quake Live installed on Steam already, you can continue to play it; only new players will need to pay the $10 price tag. What do you think? Yea or nay for the news?



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