A few months ago, Funcom communications director Erling Ellingsen stated that “it’s a fast changing business and we have to adapt ourselves. But right now there’s currently no plans” when asked if The Secret World would go free to play, though there were talks of looking for a model that incorporated both F2P and subscription based elements.
In light of the MMO’s less than stellar success, and even the new team lead trying to get players to commit, it’s finally happened: Funcom’s The Secret World has finally abolished the subscription system, now only requiring a one-time fee for playing. This was outlined in a new video released by the developer which can be viewed above.
As of now, Funcom hasn’t really talked about any plans for micro-transactions and such, but if they’ve given up any hope for continuing their subscription based model, things might be even bleaker for the game than initially revealed. Funcom itself has seen some pretty bad times over the past month, and we’ll get to know whether this the last gasp of the company or a new beginning.