Unlike Its ELOA Predecessors, Warlords Awakening Won't Be Free-To-Play
The base "Warlords Awakening Game" is $11.99 and offers no "bells and whistles." For additional perks, you can pay $22.99 for the "Warlords Awakening Early Access Limited Package," which does not include the base game. You can buy them together, in the $29.99 "Warlords Awakening Bundle," or later, as a separate purchase, in which case you'll be spending $34.99 total.
So why isn't the game going to be free-to-play? That's answered in a FAQ on the game's website, but only barely. The second question leads off by asking about damage numbers and then immediately shifts to asking about whether the game will be free-to-play. Not ones to waste space with paragraph breaks, Playwith's reply is:
"As for the business model, we feel it is much better to have people buy the game as a package so that they’re not hampered by required purchases in the game to keep up with other users. That’s a very quick way for a game to turn Pay2Win and terrible for users who don’t wish to spend hundreds of dollars ... We certainly don’t want to drive users away because of the business model; we want to keep costs down so that everyone who wants to enjoy Warlords Awakening, will be able to."
Later in the FAQ, however ... well ...
"The cash shop is meant to be updated frequently with changes so that the items do not go sale. You can also expect a large amount of items to have limited releases. Of what use is a cool pet or costume if everyone else has it?"
The developers don't think they can do free-to-play without making it exploitative -- the Bless Online team nods in assent, as does Cliff Bleszinski -- but there will still be a cash shop. Sure, you can say that whatever it sells won't be "required purchases in the game to keep up with other users," but it's not as if people don't spend oodles of cash on "non-required" purchases in cash shops.
Maybe, like Bless, this is just how you have to try things when your game has already failed once or twice and you're trying something new in a new region. I think you could just remove the crappy bits and go with that, but what do I, and a bunch of other successful developers, know?
About the Author
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.
You May Enjoy
Destiny 2's Revamped Trials Of Osiris Kick Off Today
Competitive PvP mode is more accessible and easier to progress.By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
World Of Warships Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
Dutch cruisers and Soviet carriers join the party.By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
Lost Ark September Team Update Reveals Just How Massive A Job Localization Is
More than 4,000 characters require voice overs in multiple languages.By QuintLyn Bowers - 1 week ago
Rob Blackwood's Vault In Warface's Heist Update For PlayStation And Xbox
Switch update coming "soon."By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
Season 1 Free Content Now Available In Aliens: Fireteam Elite, Including The Phalanx Class
The First Endeavor Pass Is Also Available For Purchase If You Don't Have The Deluxe VersionBy Michael Byrne - 1 week ago
Daily, Weekly, And Capstone Challenges: Halo Infinite Devs Talk About Progression
PvP technical test running the next two weekends, will have Arena and Big Team BattlesBy Jason Winter - 6 hours ago