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How is Reclone going to be monetized? Should we use Free to Play, shareware or Premium models?

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We have a few different ideas on how we want our monetization model to work, but it's quite clear that we'll be using some sort of free to play model. Now before you stab me with that pitchfork and set me on fire, please give me a chance to explain my reasoning.

So what do we mean with F2P? Pay to win?

For the first public release we’ll probably have just visuals (new models, textures and such) & the chance for the player to pay to get a little more variety to the way their characters statistics.There won’t be any ‘pay-to-win options’ and a level 1 character should always be as powerful as a level 100 character. What we want to do with our character development is to give the advanced players the chance to customize their character to better suit their play style. For example a player could want to be faster and he should be able to achieve this with a penalty to some other stat, such as health.

eBola electric shock will be available and painful to all users, no matter how many dollars you give us.

eBola electric shock will be available and painful to all users, no matter how many dollars you give us.

Everything will be unlockable by playing, but to unlock every possible progress tier for every specialized tree would take a very long time. So, we’ll give the players the option to buy the skills instead of grinding. Still, players should have a chance to unlock new stuff relatively often without paying, so balancing the system to be fair & profitable will take a lot of work.And oh yes, there will be hats.

Why not just sell it with a set price? Duh.

Well, we could, but I doubt that we’d do too well as we are lacking a large fan following and the skills for large scale marketing. What we could do is find a publisher to cooperate with, but finding one would take time & require contacts we don’t have.To run the game we need a certain amount of players & servers to actually make the game enjoyable whenever and wherever. There should always be games running with a decent ping into which players could join & start playing instantly. To achieve this on a premium title would be a lot harder than on a free title.

What other options are there?
How about shareware. That worked for Doom!

Shareware is one of the options we considered for a long time, but for a multiplayer game to separate the players to free and premium users has its own problems.Once we start to make our story-cooperative campaigns we’ll probably have the first episode for free and the following ones will be sold as stand alone DLC's. These could also give some sort of new unlocks for the multiplayer.

Clones can be bought in a number of different color's to fit with the furniture.

Clones can be bought in a number of different color's to fit with the furniture.

So this is the plan for Reclone?
Free to play shooter with hats?

For now, yes. But that doesn’t mean that the plan won’t change at some point. We tend to be very agile, so big design changes can be made with a quick timetable if deemed necessary.Ps. We’ll be attending Assembly in a few weeks, so give us a shout if you want to have a chat!

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jimlawl
jimlawl

Who'd pay for this if it wasn't F2P? Looks like a 5 year old made it in his spare time...

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Guest
Guest

Can you do better? Prove it or shut up.

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Sakotus Author
Sakotus

Hi Jimlawl!
I relayed your feedback to the programmer who made the current assets. He was flattered, as he was aiming for a 3 year-old look!

But really, these are just placeholder graphics. We like to make the gameplay fun first and after that start working on the visuals. ;)

Cheers,
Sako

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MrMazure
MrMazure

He's got a point though, you shouldn't talk money untill you have assets that look decent.

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Sakotus Author
Sakotus

True on some occasions, but when building a game with F2P elements these should be taken into account as early as possible. Otherwise it's quite easy to end up with game mechanics that don't support the monetization.

If we made the whole game first and worried about the money later, we would probably end up with mechanics that would drive out users instead of deepening the experience. We don't want no annoying farming game mechanics here.

Cheers,
Sako

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dark_matter_mobius
dark_matter_mobius

Does anyone remember Worms? This game, while not too pleasing to my eyes, is about on par with Worms in the graphics department.

And you do need to keep the graphics just 'good enough' or it can run players out the door just as easily as bad mechanics. I recently tried to pick up an MMORPG, but the game was so horrible graphically that I put it down seconds after trying it and I'm not a graphics gamer!

As it is, I can probably stomach what you've got going for now. Depends on the animations.

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MrMazure
MrMazure

you can build your game around it and announce it later when it looks like an actual game that left the prototype stage.

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Theon
Theon

Oh, come off it you rabid mongrels;
A game doesn't have to look like a movie to be really good.
That said, no F2P game is ever really good either, so there's still issues with this project.

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Bluedrake42
Bluedrake42

more like... free to GAY.

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