Stick with me MMOBombers, this gets a little weird. Today My.com announced that the closed beta for the upcoming Western release for Revelation Online will begin in October. That’s the good news…and also the easy news. Where things get confusing is the apparent announcement, then lack of an announcement on the game’s business model.
It may be easy to lump the game into the free-to-play MMORPG category, but with My.com being rather hesitant to actually announce the payment model, we’ve speculated on this site that maybe the company would try to go the buy-to-play route like Black Desert did. So what happened today? Well, My.com revealed the Founder’s Packs for Revelation. Ranging from $17.99 to $89.99 USD, these packs guarantee beta access, head starts, and other in-game items (the value of the packs is a hotly debated topic on the game’s forums right now.) Seeing that the packs contained “Premium Account” time, I said to myself, “Self, this game is going free-to-play…BUT they could be doing a sub option inside their B2P game like The Secret World does.”
I then leave the Founder’s Pack page itself and visit the official announcement of the packs and am greeted with the opening sentence of “Disclosing a free to play business model, Revelation Online’s beta for Europe and North America is planned for October 2016.” “Oh, F2P confirmed,” I say to myself.
I then visit the forums to see what the fans think and see multiple posts from the same Community Manager that made the initial announcement saying they aren’t ready to confirm model yet….I’m confused…MAYBE what they are saying is that they aren’t ready to reveal the cash shop costs or premium time costs yet. Fine, I get that…maybe it’s just awkward wording in their replies…but then I see them referring people that want to speculate on the game’s business model to a post specifically made for that topic. It’s all very weird.
At the end of the day, it looks like Revelation will be free-to-play to me, which honestly comes as a surprise to me, but what’s with the dodgy presentation? Even the game’s FAQ still says the model is undecided.
If you want to check it out and get yourself a Founder’s Pack, you can do so here.