Wildstar, commercial model announced
The commercial model for Wildstar, the sci-fi action MMORPG from Carbine Studios which is going to be released in spring of 2014, has finally been announced. The basic model will be the classic subscription/time card pay-to-play model, while there will also be another options based on C.R.E.D.D.
Upon purchasing WildStar through a retail outlet or digital download, players will receive 30 days free game time, plus three guest passes to give to friends for a week of galactic adventure. Players can then either opt to pay a standard monthly subscription, purchase a Game Time card, or use gold earned in-game to purchase C.R.E.D.D. from other players and avoid paying a subscription fee altogether.
C.R.E.D.D. (also known as a Certificate of Research, Exploration, Destruction and Development) is an in-game item that can be redeemed for game time and cand be traded between players by using in-game gold through the official site. This system offer to the players a new unique method to gain game time, access the game and play.
“Gamers have strong opinions when it comes to business models and monetisation in MMO games”, said Jeremy Gaffney, executive producer at Carbine Studios. ”In combining a classic subscription model with C.R.E.D.D. we think we’ve struck a good balance. We definitely want to support players who appreciate the value of high-quality subscription-style game. Meanwhile, C.R.E.D.D. gives gamers who don’t like monthly subs the option to just play to pay and enjoy the same content”.
Source of information: NCSoft press release