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Steam branches into subscription games

Steam branches into subscription games

Darkfall Unholy Wars is the first subscription-based game to take advantage of Steam's updated system.

Valve's digital distribution platform, Steam, has opened up its service to subscription-based titles.

The first subscription-based game available on the service is Darkfall Unholy Wars, a PvP focused MMO from developer Aventurine. It can be bought for £29.95 with a further £11.95 charged every 30 days through the platform.

Following this update to the infrastructure of Steam, Valve intends to launch further subscription-based games in the future.

Steam has distributed subscription-based titles in the past, with Eve Online and Rift available to download through the service, but this development means that Steam users can manage their subscription payments through the platform itself rather than a third party's site.

The subscription model is often viewed as dead or dying in the market with the rise in popularity and prevalence of free-to-play titles. Despite this, long-running MMOs are still able to maintain a sizeable user base.

The king of the MMO, World of Warcraft, has kept more than 10 million subscribers and games that operate on a smaller scale are sustainable with a smaller subscriber base with Eve Online for example happily running on the much smaller number of approximately 500,000.

Steam is constantly developing its digital distribution platform. Last year it started selling software as well as games and also launched its Big Picture mode in an attempt to move into the living room and occupy larger TVs.

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rollo 26th April 2013, 12:55 Quote
Too many new mmos fighting the king of mmos. Unless they can offer what WOW offers on release players are just quiting straight away. I know its not a fair comparison WOW has been out for years but the facts are you can either play WOW or play a new mmo with half the content.

Glad i got outta the genre when i did.

Till Blizzard releases Titan dont think WOW will ever lose its huge subscriber base that it has. Star wars the old republic had 1mil subs when EA canceled the payment service for the record so whilst 500k maybe enough for EVE ( the game cost very little to develop when comparing to the bigger mmos that have been released since then) the bigger companies are all struggling to break even at around the 1million mark.
Ljs 26th April 2013, 15:03 Quote
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It can be bought for £29.95 with a further £11.95 charged every 30 days through the platform.

How much?! I can see that going well...
Stanley Tweedle 26th April 2013, 15:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ljs
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It can be bought for £29.95 with a further £11.95 charged every 30 days through the platform.

How much?! I can see that going well...

LOL.... all games should be subscription.

I can picture it now....

£21 per month for my broadband.

£35 for Bioshock Infinite+1 and then £8 per month.

£10 per month for iRacing.

£5 per month for Tetris MMO.

£10 per month for world of lego.

Subscription based games are the future.
rayson 26th April 2013, 18:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stanley Tweedle
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Originally Posted by Ljs
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It can be bought for £29.95 with a further £11.95 charged every 30 days through the platform.

How much?! I can see that going well...

LOL.... all games should be subscription.

I can picture it now....

£21 per month for my broadband.

£35 for Bioshock Infinite+1 and then £8 per month.

£10 per month for iRacing.

£5 per month for Tetris MMO.

£10 per month for world of lego.

Subscription based games are the future.

are you joking or are you serious.
Woodspoon 26th April 2013, 18:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ljs
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It can be bought for £29.95 with a further £11.95 charged every 30 days through the platform.

How much?! I can see that going well...

Yeah I saw that and thought the same thing, I thought EvE was steep but at least it's unique, £12 for 30 days of something that appears pretty generic is daft.
Stanley Tweedle 26th April 2013, 19:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by rayson


are you joking or are you serious.

The latter.

I don't mind paying for a game once... Battlefield 3 cost me £67 in total because I didn't buy premium. I don't mind the cost because I've put so many hours in. I don't want a game I'm charged for every month.

You will never catch me playing world of warcraft or eve online.
ssj12 26th April 2013, 19:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
Too many new mmos fighting the king of mmos. Unless they can offer what WOW offers on release players are just quiting straight away. I know its not a fair comparison WOW has been out for years but the facts are you can either play WOW or play a new mmo with half the content.

Glad i got outta the genre when i did.

Till Blizzard releases Titan dont think WOW will ever lose its huge subscriber base that it has. Star wars the old republic had 1mil subs when EA canceled the payment service for the record so whilst 500k maybe enough for EVE ( the game cost very little to develop when comparing to the bigger mmos that have been released since then) the bigger companies are all struggling to break even at around the 1million mark.

Ill take newer MMOs, like Rift, with "half the content" that is still 100% better content, any day.
Sloth 26th April 2013, 21:11 Quote
Good move by Valve. If I was considering a subscription based game I'd certainly be interesting in managing payments through Steam. Keeps payment info in one place, and seems like it'd be able to use funds in a player's Steam Wallet. Wish this was in place while I was playing Rift.
Glix 26th April 2013, 21:58 Quote
I'd be worried about paying through Steam, wouldn't want my payment details stolen....
fdbh96 26th April 2013, 22:44 Quote
Not a fan of subscription games to be honest. Unless its an mmo where content is released continually (not DLC), but even then I only play GW2 over WoW because I don't have time to get £10 a month out of a game in my opinion. I'd rather just pay the £30 and play it whenever I like for as long as I want to.
Lockinvar 29th April 2013, 11:26 Quote
The problem is that not only do they want you to pay monthly, but that you're also smacked for a high price of entry - on par with games that don't require more money to continue playing. No thanks.
fdbh96 29th April 2013, 16:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Glix
I'd be worried about paying through Steam, wouldn't want my payment details stolen....

So you've never shopped online before?
Glix 7th May 2013, 00:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by fdbh96
So you've never shopped online before?

So you forgot Steam was hacked, and they didn't exactly be open about it did they?

I prefer those who don't skirt around the issue and admit when they made a mistake so I know exactly where I stand.
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