Faced with dwindling numbers, another MMO goes the F2P route with cosmetic upgrades.
PvP MMO Forge will be going free-to-play in its next update, a change that developer Dark Vale Games says is an effort to bring more players into the game.
"This next release is all about Forge's survival," the developer said. "As you all know, we're an Indie developer and are able to continue to support the game with new features from the sales of Forge every month. In order to continue to do this we must change our business plan in order to get more players playing Forge so it's fun for everyone and to continue funding development. This is why Forge must go F2P."
Most of the changes will be cosmetic, as the developer vows to avoid "a pay-to-win" mentality. Starter packs will become available on Steam, with the first pack costing $19 for some skins and an XP boost. Of course, players who already purchased the game will get the pack for free. Dark Vale also explained that certain items will continue to be more expensive to keep with the feeling of exclusivity, like the Kaldrhiti Armor.
After feedback from players, the developer chose not to go to more of a freemium style offering, which would have meant players paying for progression. The developer said its goal is to keep the regular fanbase happy, while trying to bring in more players.
Back in February, Dark Vale made a push to be a bit friendlier for new players, a move necessitated by a drop in user numbers after the game launched in December.
Source: Official site