Though MMOs switching from subscription-based to free to play is no longer entirely out of the ordinary, particularly since the successful relaunch of Dungeons & Dragons Online and the anticipated relaunch of Turbine’s other MMO Lord of the Rings Online as free to play, it usually comes later in the life of a game. With this in mind, it is somewhat surprising to see Hi-Rez Studios’ Global Agenda becoming free to play, as it was only released in February 2010, not even five months ago.
Nevertheless, I’m always supportive of developers who choose to go this way, as I’ve been a big fan of subscription-free games in the past. In Global Agenda‘s case prospective players will still have to buy the game itself, but after that there will be no recurring fee. The initial investment has also become a little easier, as Steam has put the game into its Summer Sale in celebration of the change, knocking 33% off the price. This deal will only last until July 5th.