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The Secret World drops the subscriptions

December 12, 2012

As of now, paying a subscription for The Secret World is no longer necessary. Everything currently in the game will be available once you purchased the game. There will be free updates, but also paid-for story oriented content, plus the regular stuff in the game store.

They have also added some XP/AP boosts it seems. One can still subscribe to the game as before, called a member. Members and Grand Masters (life-time subscribers) will get a monthly allowance to spend in in the store, as well as some perks.

As a Grand Master myself, I think it will be interesting to see how this works out for Funcom. It sounds like an attractive approach for those who want to play the game without a subscription fee, a gentle shop approach and in addition to items in the store they will charge for what is the game’s strong area – story-oriented content.

See also the FAQ for the new payment model.

  1. December 13, 2012 at 10:22

    I think it is a pretty brilliant move. The need to still buy the game first is just a high enough hurdle to leave some idiots out, and those that do get in feel they should give the game a serious look. At which point they’ll be hooked since it is a brilliant game.

    I liked Joel’s comment:

    The difference now, and this might sound a little tongue in cheek, is that with a subscription model, in six months you come back and pay fifteen dollars and get everything. With this model, you’ll have to buy episode by episode to get everything you might want. That’s a difference I would draw, but the analogy of having a series is still the same.

    I have been converted from semi-annual subscriber to semi-annual membershipper. The future is bright! Even with the end of the world in sight.

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