Mechwarrior Online Made 5 Mil And Hasn’t Even Launched
Mechwarrior Online has just confirmed that the free to play model works. The game is still in beta – it doesn’t even launch until later this year – and players have already coughed up 5 million dollars during the game’s closed beta, available as part of its ‘Founder’s Program’. The program, launched back in July, gave players access to the game and to all of the transactiony features it has, available in packages ranging from $30 to $120. Which is to say, that’s a hell of a lot of people spending a hell of a lot of money on a game they could just play for free.
About the success, GP CEO Nick Foster said (via Shacknews) “The success of the Founder’s Program reinforces IGP’s vision to help independent developers build exceptional games with the right economic model for the global marketplace. We are in a unique position to be able to deliver a pipeline of high quality, innovative content for online game players.” Perhaps, but more importantly, another nail was just crammed into the casket of subscriber model MMOs. Expect even more games to go free to play very, very soon.
Oh, and PS: The scheduled open beta? That’s been postponed to… sometime soon. “We have decided to push Open Beta back,” Lead Designer Paul Inouye has said. “We agree that the game’s current state of stability is not allowing us to get the latest experience across to new and veteran players alike. This is a short push back on the date and will depend on the stability and playability of the build.”