An interesting news tidbit arose today. Adventurine is offering 7-day trials in Darkfall for $1. Why it’s a buck instead of just free I can’t really say; the story over at OnlineMassivelyMultiplayer.com implies that Adventurine is in desperate straits. I don’t really see that as being the case unless there’s some mismanagement taking place behind the scenes that we’re not privy to.
For one thing, I’ve been keeping an eye on Xfire numbers for a while now and Darkfall has been generally trending upwards. On top of that, I note that the Darkfall starter package (the client and a month’s subscription,) still costs $49.98. For a game that’s now closing in on a year old and which is unashamedly trying to emulate the success story of EVE Online, the very first things I’d do if I were running things and desperate would be to open up free trials and knock the client price down to about $19.95. A lower price point increases sales – that’s high school-level economics.
Also, most MMOs offer trials unless they’re relatively new. How is Darkfall doing so, about a year after launch, a sign of desperation? Is Blizzard also desperate?
At any rate, if you’re interested in trying Darkfall but not interested in paying $50 to try it, which is a position I think many people are in (I certainly am,) click HERE if you’re in North America, or HERE if you’re in Europe.
PS: Syncaine is gonna have a field day with this.