Yes, troubled MMO The Secret World has pulled off a spectacular, screeching 90-degree turn in its business model this week, moving from subscription to a Guild Wars 2-like buy-and-play-forever model.
But will it fix the game’s problems? Is it a sustainable model? And will anyone new actually buy it?
- The Nosy Gamer is very happy about the change, which he feels could well give the game the fresh start it needs – “I’m often amazed at the reactions to the game and wonder what would have happened if the game launched with the same buy-to-play model as Guild Wars 2. I work with a DUST bunny who’s never played a subscription MMO but now that TSW has dropped the sub he’s ready to go.”
- Unsubject’s considerably less convinced – he thinks that TSW will end up stuck between two stools – again – “For a B2P approach to work it in today’s market it would have to offer something interesting and I think that TSW has failed to do this.”
What do you think? Will you be giving TSW a bash?