Star Trek Online Jumping On The F2P Bandwagon?
Daniel Stahl, Star Trek Online‘s new Executive Producer, has dropped an interesting bombshell on his community:
“I could easily see STO going into a hybrid model similar to what Lotro is doing. In that model, subscriptions stay as is – but you allow people to play for free but heavily limit what they can do – which in essence creates a robust way to demo the game and then if you want to keep playing, you either pay for every little thing you are interested in, or you subscribe and don’t have to worry about it.
Turbine seems to have some interesting plans and looking at how DDO has turned around, its worth taking note.”
Yes, it’s certainly worth taking note! As Star Trek Online has gone through a couple of marketing disasters in its short lifespan already (need I remind you of the skillcap problems?) it will be interesting to see how the small but loyal Star Trek Online community will react to this.
(Thanks for the tip Tully!)