RF Online and Archlord: MMOs Modeling the Future
David Solari, the vice president of Codemasters Online, talks about taking risks to chart the direction of MMO models for the future.
Codemasters has taken both its RF Online and Achlord MMOs to the Free play set ups which rely on micro-payments from the players for gear or trinkets to make a profit.
“We kind of wanted to go free to play from the start with RF online and Archlord but we decided to go down the box product route,” confesses Solari to Tech & Gadgets.
“It was a good decision, a sensible decision that we made I think, but we always felt that these games were good candidates for a micro-payment model.
“I firmly believe that certain games suit a subscription method of payment like Lord of the Rings Online or World of Warcraft, but there are others that suit this micro-transaction route.
The response so far has been incredible with a 600% increase in site traffic. However it remains to be seen if profits from the game will outweigh the the expense of sustaining these persistent universes for players needs over time.
Read the full interview with Codemasters’ Solari on the latest models for MMOs on MSN Tech & Gadgets.