The Knight Online Website
announces that this MMORPG is segueing from its open beta test phase to a free
to play, no purchase necessary game. Word is: "There will be no subscription fee
required & no game purchase. All of the Knight Online game, updates and future
expansions will remain free online." The site does not clarify how this business
model (or lack thereof) will work, but
the Knight Online Q&A
with Sumeet Maniar of K2Network.net (who operate the game in
North America) offers an explanation: "We are planning for stage releases in the
next few weeks with a very innovative pricing plan where the basic game will be
free but people can either purchase premium memberships where the game becomes
more enjoyable and then ultimately item purchases. In a premium membership
people will be able to enjoy better hit rates, increase in other abilities, etc.
The time frame will be announced on our website as soon as the team locks down
the exact date."