Rewind to the era of full subscription model and you got unfettered access to the game and aside from the monthly cost your only other expensive were the initial purchase of the original game and any expansions.
Each Free to play MMO calls their pseudo subscription models something different such as VIP, Premium, Membership, gold status or patron, I wanted to take a look at what is really being offered.
Bang for your buck
This is a work in progress please treat it as such, however I’m keen to collect any information that players of these games would like to add, please leave a comment on this post or you can comment on the spreadsheet.
I’ve played a number of MMOs as both a subscriber and a f2p-subscriber, So it’s interesting to look at what that subscription really grants to you the player? Are the perks the same across the board?
After my initial analysis it’s clear to see that the packages offered vary quite wildly some including:
- Recurring reward of cash shop money
- Priority Queuing (server and PVP)
- others grant you full customer service functions
- Unlocks of different races or classes
- In-game store discounts
- More action bars & bag space
- Not forgetting one of the biggest incentives increases in Experience and Currency rewards
The rewards are weighted against the game they apply to, a boost to currencies being a strong favourite because who doesn’t want more money right?
There are discounts for purchasing longer periods but the generally most of the games aim place the perk in the range of between $9.99 and $14.99 price range for a month subscription, which is comparable with the previous subscription costs.
Some exceptions to this are games like Aion or Firefall where you have to purchase the monthly sub in game via the cash shop and the other is SOE who changed there model to one called All-Access which offers bonuses across all their games, a nice perks if you play more than one of their titles.
I tried to compile a list of what perks subscription models offer, this is often tricky as games don’t always tell you everything that is included off the bat.
If you spot a glaring omissions or mistakes then please let me know and I’ll update my data.
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