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On PlanetSide 2's Business Model

A post to the PlanetSide 2 Forums from earlier this week discusses how SOE will monetize PlanetSide 2, their upcoming free-to-play MMOFPS sequel (thanks Shacknews). The post, by Matt Higby, includes a frank discussion of the concerns that F2P often means "pay to win," and discusses the implications of offering paying customers advantages in such games and what benefits they have planned for members. Here is his outline of their philosophy:

Okay, so “access to stuff” is out as paid benefit. So too is “more powerful stuff”. So what do we do to keep the team employed in these jobs we love creating games that hopefully you guys love too? There are two things that we are considering selling in the game: Cosmetics and Convenience. That’s it. Seriously.

Cosmetics are pretty self-explanatory, I think everyone “gets it” with cosmetics and won’t be too upset at buying camo patterns or decals for real money.

What about Convenience, what does that mean exactly?

For us, convenience is purely the act of unlocking something faster, whether that means through buying a side-grade weapon directly with a StationCash microtransaction or earning certification points faster due to a boost or membership. That leads us to the real topic of the thread (which will probably end up being shorter than this “aside”, go figure).

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6. Re: On PlanetSide 2's Business Model Sep 21, 2012, 23:03 Jerykk
RailWizard wrote on Sep 21, 2012, 21:13:
lol this whole 'f2p' thing is becoming painful to watch. It's like they figured out they can make MORE than the regular price of a game ($50-$60) and watching them trip over their own tongues to justify it just hurts.

Sell your fucking game for $20 if you really want to attract people, or just charge a regular price and take the risk(the risk that your game is actually worth playing and paying for...). OR JUST FUCK OFF ALREADY!

F2P has become the deception to the MMOification of the gaming world.

Charging anything for a multiplayer-only game is a major risk these days unless the game is part of a popular franchise (like CS). There have been tons of $15-20 multiplayer-only games that never gained any traction because most people aren't willing to take that kind of risk. After all, multiplayer games are entirely dependent on the presence of other players so if you a buy a game and find out that nobody else did, you're pretty much screwed. F2P, however, has no barriers to entry so it's much easier to gain an audience and build a community. That's why so many developers are going F2P.

I'm actually concerned that Natural Selection 2 and Primal Carnage aren't going to really take off because of their entry fee. That would be a shame because both games look promising.
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