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City Of Heroes Freedom Discussed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In a new blog post Paragon Studios' Matt Miller discussed the company's reasons for jumping on the Free-to-Play bandwagon with the upcoming City of Heroes: Freedom update for the long running super hero themed MMO. Among other things Miller discussed Paragon's focus on avoiding pitfalls of other F2P models and ensuring that veteran subscribers are not discouraged by the influx of new players.

We also looked closely at other games that have adopted similar business models before us and adapted our strategies to avoid some of the more glaring pitfalls we have perceived. We closely followed forum threads that complained about "this" and "that" and did everything in our power to ensure that when City of Heroes Freedom launches, players will no longer have those things to complain about. Two examples I can give are the new VIP-Only server, where subscribers can play without non-paying players simply because we saw that as an oft-requested feature, and the ability to return as a Free player and create a brand new character, not be forced in reactivating (or worse deleting) old characters that are still on your account.

Finally we recognized that there are a large number of returning players who have already invested some of their time and money into City of Heroes. We wanted to ensure that those players didn't feel like they were restarting from the ground floor, that their previous time with us was honored and worth something in the larger scheme of things. To this end, we modeled the Paragon Rewards program around our current Veteran Rewards program and this enabled us to give returning players perks for their previous time commitment, even if they are coming back as a Free player. In addition, we ensured that everything they might have purchased previously, like character slots or Super-boosters, remained on their account, even if they stay as a Free player. If you earned it or paid money for it, you can still get it.

Read more at the link below.

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