RIFT developer Trion Worlds has confirmed that upcoming MMO strategy title End of Nations will be free to play, despite offering premium-level quality.
Developed by Pteroglyph Games and the team behind the original Command & Conquer, End of Nations is strategy game on a massive scale, with support for up to 50 player battles in a persistent world. At the same time, End of Nations will also offer a singleplayer and co-op campaign.
A Limited Edition retail release is planned for End of Nations, with a digital-only Collector's Edition also planned. Trion will monetise free players through an optional subscription that offers players 'extra value and convenience
'. That will presumably come in the form of customisation options and boosters, though Trion's announcement doesn't make that clear.
'Being able to offer a premium game such as End of Nations for free sets us apart in this industry,
' said Dave Luehmann, the title's Executive Producer.
'At Trion, we strive to innovate online gaming while emphasizing the delivery of the best core gameplay experience available. Our decision to release End of Nations as a AAA free–to-play title is guided by these principles.
We'll be catching up with Trion Worlds and seeing End of Nations out at GamesCom 2011 soon, so we'll bring you more news in the coming days.
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