SuperData CEO Joost van Dreunen spoke yesterday at the GameON: Finance conference in Toronto. He posited that the F2P monetization model is declining in popularity. “So I think what’s really happening is on the one hand you have the free-to-play audience, and I think that’s reached its limits, to some degree,” van Dreunen said. “And then there’s the premium audience saying, ‘Yes, I want to buy a game. I don’t want to deal with the ads and in-game items. I want premium.’ While in the mobile market, three-quarters of stuff is built with free-to-play as its dominant monetization model, you see somewhat of a backlash.”
He cited Apple’s recent decision to remove the word “free” from F2P App Store titles, and he also mentioned Warlords of Draenor’s success as an indicator of healthy demand for paid titles.
If you’re among the legions of Trekkies, then you are almost certainly aware of Cryptic Studios’ Star Trek Online. Since early 2010, players have boldly gone where no one has gone before in this MMO that blends spaceship battles, ground combat, and faithful tie-ins to the long-running franchise. Star Trek Online appears to be thriving following a free-to-play adaptation and two expansions, and some see it as the only official continuation of the TV series right now.
But what players encounter in Star Trek Online is not what it originally started out as. You may or may not know that STO began development under Perpetual Entertainment, which handled the game for several years until it went bankrupt and passed the license and art assets to Cryptic.
It’s another tantalizing historical “what if?” scenario to think about what this game would look like if Perpetual had taken it to launch and beyond. But what did this version of Star Trek Online look like? Let’s investigate.
Lineage Eternal wowed G-Star attendees with the news that it will beta in 2015 and hit its worldwide simultaneous launch in 2016. What else is new in the land of MMO testing?
- Lost Ark captured our attention at G-Star; beta begins in 2015.
- The newly announced SkySaga hinted that its closed alpha will arrive “very soon.”
- Black Desert’s Korean launch is slated for December.
- Trove’s open beta added a new class, the Candy Barbarian.
- Stormthrone is now official in open alpha.
- Elite: Dangerous, embroiled in a refund controversy, will launch Gamma 1 this weekend.
- Bless Online revealed a new trailer just in time for its second beta.
- Shards Online’s Kickstarter funded with 23 days to go.
- Shroud of the Avatar preps for its Steam release.
- Pathfinder Online continued to delay early enrollment.
- Das Tal’s latest stress test kicks off tomorrow.
- Pantheon raised eyebrows by moving to a Patreon for funding.
- Albion Online’s alpha implemented farming.
- Civilization Online offered up a Korean closed beta trailer.
- The Crew pimped its console beta, which opens on November 25th.
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A discovered vulnerability in League of Legends led Riot Games to the conclusion that it not only needed to react to such issues when they arise, but to be more proactive in discovering these weak spots in the game. To wit, the studio has implemented a bug bounty program that will reward players who find vulnerabilities in LoL’s code.
The studio has been testing out the program with a smaller group and has given $ 100,000 in rewards so far: “Currently in closed beta, the Riot bug bounty program is only available to a few security professionals who we’ve already identified. These professionals have helped us squish more than 75 bugs, vulnerabilities, and exploits, including client crash exploits, vision related exploits, and vulnerabilities that could potentially lead to player impersonation on forums.”
Games in this Article: Warframe
Digital Extremes continues to set the example for AAA quality in Free-to-Play with the release of an extensive new update for its hit sci-fi action game, Warframe®. The new console update titled ‘Archwing’ gives players a whole new way to play Warframe and will be released Thursday, Nov. 20th at 1 PM EST. Players will also notice a distinct new look to Warframe upon download.
Putting the ‘space’ in ‘space ninja’, new Archwing technology allows players to fly freely through space without the use of a ship. The update also includes colossal new weapons to accompany Archwing, new player Quests to deepen the lore of the game, challenging new enemies, Syndicates – a new reputation system, the release of a new Warframe – Limbo, and much more.