EverQuest Next: Landmark, one of SOE’s next major MMOs, has had its monetization plans public. The EverQuest Franchise Director of Development, Dave Georgeson, laid the five-fold plans out on the site’s forums.
Here are the five points of monetization that were laid out:
- Founder’s Packs.
These are pretty self-explanatory. You can buy a Founder’s Pack today to get into alpha and get a few other bonuses that are likely to change as the game is developed.
- A Cosmetic and Resource Cash Shop
Cosmetics are nothing new to the free-to-play scene, but the resource sales have caused a bit of concern from the community. A lot of people seem to think it may be the equivalent of pay-to-win, but it really isn’t that big of a deal. Some people will just pay for rare resources instead of spending the time to find them.
- Time Shortcut Methods
They didn’t talk about these items in detail, but they’re essentially planning on offering speed up items like a lot of mobile games. Again, people are freaking out. Again, it’s nothing to worry about.
- Player Studio
Players are going to be able to sell creations on an auction for real money. SOE will take a cut – naturally.
- Name Changes and Whatnot
Yep, they’re going to charge for all the usual things you’d expect them to.
All in all, nothing surprising. Just thought you should know.
Source – MMOBomb