The Secret World Drops Subscription Fees
The Secret World is abolishing compulsory subscription fees, Funcom has revealed.
Instead of having to pay every month just to play the game, you’ll now only need to part with your cash once to buy the title and then select which of the three membership tiers you want: free, member or grand master.
The conversion isn’t planned to introduce any restrictions to the game’s current content; anyone who opts for the free tier will be able to access every weapon, dungeon and mission included in Issues 1 to 4. The next update, Issue 5, is planned for January and will be provided free of charge to anyone who registers an account before the end of December.
That’s not to say subscription options are disappearing entirely, though. Choosing to pay the base amount of $15/€15 a month for a membership will net you an item that doubles XP gains for an hour with a 16 hour cooldown, Bonus Points to the value of $10/€10 every month to spend in the Item Store, a mystery gift on the first patch day of each month and a 10% discount on everything except content packs and other “packs” in the Item Store.
Grand master lifetime members will get all that plus a further 10% discount at the Item Store. Both members and grand masters can use their free monthly Bonus Points to purchase DLC, while anyone who currently still has sub time left will be credited with 1200 bonus points and the XP boosting item.
So what do you think? Will this be enough to revitalise Funcom’s struggling MMO, or is another one biting the dust?
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