Turbine promised us big news out of Dungeons & Dragons Online, and – finally – here it is. It’s a lulu.
The model here is that you can either be a free player, and pay extra for goods, unlocks and services in a DDO Store, or be a ‘premium’ player – meaning you pay the same $15 bucks a month the game costs now, in which case you get a bunch of stuff unlocked for you, and a certain number of ‘Turbine Points’, with which you can presumably buy stuff, free each month.
Bottom line is that folks will be able to play a lot of the game for free. This is excatly the kind of move I was hoping for from Turbine. DDO had a rocky launch but has shaped up very nicely since then, and is a great fit for this kind of hybrid subscription/microtransaction arragement.
More commentary to come as details materialize.
EDIT: I would just like to note that when Turbine started talking about ‘big DDO news’, I posted THIS on December 10. And pretty much nailed it.