Free-to-play MMO will test a paid branch, minus MTX and loot boxes, in 2018

Enlarge / Starting sometime this year, you’ll be able to pay up front to fake as any of Rift Prime’s heroes. (credit: Trion) The online game-subscription model has generally waned in recent years, overtaken by the popularity (and apparent profitability) of “free-to-play” (F2P) fare. One of the earliest MMORPGs to switch to a F2P model, the Trion-published Rift, announced a curious change coming to its payment model: a branch-off of one Rift server, and its entire gameplay and payment structure, to return to the flat subscription model later this year. As reported by Kotaku, the game’s developers announced plans for this new version, dubbed Rift Prime, in a Friday blog… Read More

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