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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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Bic Boi on October 30, 2015

    For a game as ancient as quake I’m surprised they’re getting away with asking for any money at all for this..yeesh..

    • gogogo on October 30, 2015

      If you can throw a turd on Steam, people will buy it.

  2. TreadHead on October 29, 2015

    Good change actually. A game like this is just not suited for free to play.

  3. Bratwurst on October 29, 2015

    I actually welcome this… no restrictions by paying once is a far better option than paying monthly to get full benefits.