Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that the planned subscription fee for Global Agenda would be scrapped comes a comprehensive FAQ explaining just how this decision is going to affect the future of the game.
It all shakes out about as you’d expect, but a couple of the more interesting bits include the fact that — despite being introduced less than a month ago — the token system is already being reworked, and that the next major patch is going to arrive sometime in July. Also, though there won’t be a cash shop, you will be able to purchase items that will increase the rate at which you earn XP and tokens (though, for you worry warts out there, you still won’t be able to surpass the daily cap).
In the interest of conserving space, I’m posting the beginning of the Q&A below, with the rest following the break:
Why did you decide to make this change?
After receiving feedback from many existing and potential players, we believe that we will have the most thriving community by offering a non-subscription purchase model.
If I purchased the game, will I be charged for anything I’m currently playing?
No, there are no additional charges for the current content, including the Agency-vs-Agency gameplay and all currently available PvE modes. In the future, players may elect to purchase new expansions with additional content.
How much will expansion cost in the future?
We expect new expansions will be priced competitively when compared to expansions of other non-subscription games.
How often are expansions going to be released?
Expansions are expected to be released once or twice per year.
When is the next expansion expected to be released?
We currently anticipate that the next expansion will be released about 6 months from now (end 2010). The content within the Sandstorm expansion this Summer will be included in the initial game purchase price.
What will expansions include?
Expansions will include new content, usually centered around a new world region, with new maps, new weapons/devices, new PvE encounters, new achievements, new social areas, new open zones and new crafting.
What happens if an expansion raises the level cap?
All players will be able to continue to level their characters to the maximum level cap regardless of purchasing an expansion.
Is there a cost for patches between expansions?
There is no cost for updates between expansions.
Can I skip expansions or do I have to buy each of them in order?
You can skip expansions, although you will not be able to gain access to the content that the particular expansion provided until it’s purchased.
Will my game still work if I don’t buy expansions?
Yes, you will still be able to play with other players and have access to all the content in the original purchase. Continue Reading