Free MMORPG & Free MMOs

Free to Play MMORPGs in 2010

Posted on: December 25, 2009

As 2009 comes to a close, I think it only makes some sense for us to celebrate some of the best MMORPGs of the year. Free to play titles like Runes of Magic and Grand Fantasia and Atlantica Online really raised the ‘quality’ bar for free to play games. MMOs like Lost Saga and League of Legends blew a breath of fresh air into the genre. On top of all that – Electronic Arts and Sony both entered the free to play space in 2009. EA released two titles – Battlefield Heroes, a cartoony MMOFPS game, and Battleforge, an incredibly unique MMORTS. Sony penetrated the market with Free Realms, a casual and fun fantasy, that now has over four million registerd users. Hopefully these two entertainment giants continue to release quality new games into the space in 2010.

I suspect that 2010 will not only attract the attention of big western game developers but also Chinese gaming companies. The whole ‘free to play’ scene is still pretty ‘niche’ in North America, but in Asia F2P has almost always been huge. Perfect World Co – the guys behind Perfect World, Ether Saga Online and Jade Dynasty have had enormous success in North America. The guys behind Evony and Empire Craft have also had a lot of success. This success will lead to even more foreign companies entering the lucrative F2P space. All of this new competition will lead to one thing – more games. As a gamer I’m very excited about 2010. 2009 has some great games that really revolutionized the genre and if the quality of these free to play titles keep improving I can’t imagine why anyone would want to subscribe to a pay to play title like Eve Online or Warhammer Online. The only way I can see some of these pay to play titles ’surviving’ is if they go free to play, as there really is no reason to pay for mediocre titles when there are countless great free to play alternatives. With subscription revenues for games like Everquest and Warhamer Online steadily declining – going free to play may be the only way to boost revenues and attract more users.Heck,

Hopefully we see some killer releases in 2010. I know Allods Online should be release dsometime in mid to late January. That should really kick off the new year on a high note – as Allods is one of the highest budget free to play MMORPGs ever, and an incredibly fun game from my experience. Anyway guys, I look forward to seeing what 2010 has to offer!

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