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APB in June/July Subscriptions Details

Realtime Worlds and EA announce release dates and related details for APB (All Points Bulletin), saying the open world action game will arrive in North America on June 29, in mainland Europe on July 1, and in the UK on July 2. They previously announced that the game will not "require" a subscription fee, repeating this as recently as last September, but while the new announcement has word that "players can also earn game time by actually playing the game," it seems undeniable that this is a subscription game from the following:

Gamers can purchase a retail version of APB either in-store or via digital download at standard retail price of SRP $49.99. The game includes 50 hours of action gameplay out of the box plus unlimited time in APB's social districts customizing, socializing and trading in the marketplace. Once the 50-hours are up, players have flexibility: top up their game time from as little as SRP $6.99 for an additional 20 hours, or opt to purchase a 30-day unlimited package for only SRP $9.99 with discounts available for 90 and 180 days. In addition to this flexible payment model, players can also earn game time by actually playing the game. APB provides avenues for accomplished gamers or creators to earn rewards for their creativity and subsidize their ongoing costs with their in-game efforts.

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16. Re: APB in June/July Subscriptions Details May 1, 2010, 06:14 WyldKat
 
It doesn't seem like a bad pricing model for an MMO.

At it's core you could pay $10/mo instead of $15/mo like most MMOs for unlimited play. Or you could buy "hours" if you are more of a casual gamer. You can also make things in game and apparently sell them for hours, which is pretty cool.
 
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