On this week’s show we cover a TON of free-to-play news in the return of our Rapid Fire Round, we move on to give our opinions on Ascent: Infinite Realm (A:IR) so far, and we cheer on Trion Worlds’ in-game player tribute. All that and more on this week’s Free to Play Cast!

Discussion Timestamps:

02:20 Rapid Fire News
36:55 A:IR Impressions and Thoughts
47:22 Rift’s In-game Tribute
50:35 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb)
58:38 Questions and Answers of the Week

If you have submissions for the show’s Weekly Bombs, have questions for the panel (nothing is off limits!), or just ideas for what you want covered you can now send them to magicman@mmobomb.com. You can also be a guest in the show, just send us why you want to host, and what topic or game you would like to cover.

Free-To-Play Cast is the official podcast (and videocast) of MMOBomb.com about free to play multiplayer online games. Free-To-Play Cast takes on the week’s biggest news with plenty of opinion, weekly bombs, community feedback, guests, laughs thrown in for good measure and much more. Have fun and expect a new episode next week!

Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.


  1. Jason… *sigh*… you know normally I agree with you quite a bit, grumpiness and all. I’m going to -hope- you were meaning to say that you didn’t want inane or tutorialize ‘story’ quests. If you meant actually engaging story quests such as the watercolor story cutscenes in Archeage, or the many beautiful story cutscened quests in both MMO iterations of Final Fantasy then… well I’ll have to rant at you. And you’ve hit a button so here we go, why in the Netherworld are you playing RPGs?! MMO or not the RPG part of it stands for ‘role playing game’, as in you take on a role in the -story-. If all you want is to craft and/or kill things, go play something else, like, literally any other genre. ‘I don’t want story’ Well, go play a MOBA then, ‘dumbass’.

    For the question of the week, I believe A:IR will probably adopt a buy to play model. Why? BDO’s success plays into this as it, too was an unknown IP. Furthermore even though A:IR is an unknown IP, it’s far from an unknown developer, so they have that going for them as well. And of course it gives them a way to recoup some of their investment upfront with the obvious option of going free to play later if it will better suit them. All in all it seems like the most sound option.

    P.S. Q – you totally are the weekly bomb. (In a good way). Love you guys.


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