Not So Fast! Secret World Isn’t Going F2P As Soon As We Thought
You might have assumed that given The Secret World’s disappointing sales – only around 200,000 units total during its big initial push – the deep cuts Funcom subsequently made to its staff, and the announcement that, henceforth, the developer would be focusing on smaller online games, The Secret World has a very free to play future ahead. That’s a smart guess, considering how another high profile MMORPG recently went that route despite having a vastly larger number of subscribers. It would also be the wrong guess, shockingly.
“No [The Secret World is] not going free-to-play any time soon,” Funcom communications director Erling Ellingsen said to Eurogamer. “There’s currently no plans for making it free-to-play.”
That’s interesting, but apparently the game is still profitable despite the setbacks it created for the company. There’s also the problem of conversion itself, which creative director Ragnar Tornquist elaborated on in the same interview. “MMOs are hugely expensive, and of course Guild Wars 2 has sold a lot, and of course it’s a big success. That game cost a lot of money and they’re going to have to sell a lot of copies, especially without a subscription model. It is a dangerous path,” he said. “It might be the right path for MMOs; as a consumer, as a player, I appreciate it. As a developer [I think] that it is unfortunate for a lot of smaller companies or medium-sized companies.”