Neoseeker : News : Steam adopts subscription option, first game to use new pay plan is MMO 'Darkfall Unholy Wars'
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HavenGuy Apr 25, 13
So more MMO's coming to Steam? Count me intrigued.
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RabidChinaGirl Apr 25, 13
HavenGuy Certainly opens up the option.
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Shadow of Death Apr 26, 13
The community seems pretty polarized about this game on Steam. Either they like it, or they loath it, with a sprinkling of "I'd like to try it, but I don't want to invest money in the doing."

I'm in that last category. I'll be checking out some community videos, but the $15/month charge for an Indie MMO is a bit much IMO. There are a bunch of indie games that only cost $15, though admittedly this is apparently a large, open world sandbox game and all. I like sandbox gaming.

I'll be checking out some community made videos before I make a decision, but I have my doubts. I'd be more keen if the subscription was only like $5 or something.
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LloydToS Apr 26, 13
Perhaps this is one of the reasons TERA has been in limbo with a 'coming 2013' for so long. They might want to wait with the F2P/subscription stuff they have changed with that game so it integrates with this new system.
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Dynamite Apr 26, 13
quote Shadow of Death
The community seems pretty polarized about this game on Steam. Either they like it, or they loath it, with a sprinkling of "I'd like to try it, but I don't want to invest money in the doing."
Darkfall is a pretty niche game. It's certainly not for everyone. It isn't a typical MMO which follows along the lines of GW2 or WoW, for example. It's basically a PvP-centric, sandbox game inspired by Ultima Online and the like. It's not a warm, fuzzy, safe PvE game. It's pretty hardcore with full PvP pretty much anywhere and full looting rights over players you kill. I would imagine it would have very limited appeal to the typical players who are used to modern MMOs. It has more appeal to former UO players who remember the epic open-world PvP battles in the days before Trammel (an area where non-consensual PvP was impossible; essentially a PvE-only facet which was a clone of the world) and item insurance (meaning other players could no longer loot your weapons and armor from your corpse if you died) were added to that game.

To be honest, the subscription model for MMO games in general seems to be a dying concept. Most bigger releases these days are dropping subscriptions in favor of a micro-transaction system. WoW can persist with the subscription model purely because of its huge userbase, but most other games are finding it more preferable to get people playing for free (or a one-off purchase fee like GW2) and making their money through the sale of in-game items for cash. Some people actually spend more through that system than they would on a standard subscription anyway. I actually anticipate very few MMOs in future to follow the subscription route.
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magsasaka Apr 26, 13
ive only ever subscribed to one MMO and that was lego universe
shame it closed, only got to play for like a month ..

saw this thing on steam, idk but i think that's quite an expensive monthly fee
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Tenklis Apr 26, 13
Can't wait to try this.

Also, dark age of camelot to steam plzz
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MonsterMMORPG Apr 26, 13
it is indie game with a subscription
i don't give much chance
it should be f2p
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BlackScythe Apr 27, 13
If what Dynamite says is true I have a hard time seeing them lasting with sub. I mean I just look at UO and see how they went when they made a friendly(er) server.
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Dreadlock Holiday Apr 28, 13
I haven't had an account for an MMO for a while, but have been looking to make a new Steam account. I might just be inclined to try this game out.
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