Funcom's MMORPG The Secret World no longer requires a subscription to keep playing. Rather, now you pay $30 and 'play forever'.
While Funcom claims this is as straightforward as you'd hope, there will also be a Membership option (same cost as before) which offers $10/mo for the in-game shop, a Time Accelerator item that provides double XP for an hour every day, a 10% discount to all store items, and more -- it gets more complicated here.
The news follows recent layoffs at the studio and somewhat low performance for the innovative title.
Despite all these changes and bad news, Funcom is still planning to continue its major content updates, which to date have come on a monthly basis.