Winch Gate lifting ‘Ryzom’ into pay-to-play

Well, developer Winch Gate Property, Ltd previously said they would change the business model of their MMO “Ryzom” and turn it from a free-to-play MMORPG into a pay-to-play MMORPG, and by golly, that’s exactly what they’re going to do.

Beginning sometime next week (unfortunately no exact dates are given), if you want to continue playing you’ll have to cough up some dough. The pricing is about on par with most other MMOs, but that’s not really the point here. The point is that a developer obviously can’t make up their mind on how their videogame is going to make money. If I was a citizen of this virtual world, I’d be crapping my little electronic trousers right about now.

Keep an eye on this case, as Winch Gate is treading in some very dangerous water. Worst of all, they’re all alone and in the dark.
Posted by Kyle Stallock
May 13th, 2009

Published by Reinout te Brake

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