Information from the event in Paris is still trickling out. A site known as Hexus interviewed Roland Cox, Product Manager, and received information on subscription costs, time to reach max level, and more. Here’s the good stuff:
HEXUS: So Iâ€™m not going to be able to reach level 40 (the top level) overnight, so to speak?
Roland Weâ€™re hoping it will take between 200-250 hours. Jeff, the executive producerâ€™s current thinking is that to do all the really cool stuff in RvR (Realm vs Realm) you need to be level 40, so we are seriously looking at reducing that time so that people can enjoy the never-ending end-game.
HEXUS: Have you released details yet on the payment model that youâ€™ll be implementing?
Roland The monthly fee will be around 14 Euros, but theyâ€™ll be quarterly and yearly payment plans also, pre-paid cards and territory specific plans. Weâ€™re planning on introducing some new things that we canâ€™t talk about now, but weâ€™ll have news on those soon. We can confidently say that we wonâ€™t be more expensive than any other MMO out there.
I’m please to see that the subscription model is going to be standard. I was worried that previous talks of possibly charging more per month would hurt WAR’s release. If this information is accurate, which I really have no reason to believe otherwise, then we can expect the standard $14.99 per month. I’m expecting Mark Jacobs to chime in on the forums with the usual “If it’s not from us” speech, but with something so standard as a subscription fee and the inevitable competition WAR will be facing with WotLK and AoC, I can’t see them taking any radical approach to the subscription model at this time.
Now the time it takes to reach max level is interesting. 200-250 hours is about 9-10 days played which makes it very close to World of Warcraft’s “average” — although it only took me 3-4 days played to max in WoW. Comparing this projection to the time it took me to reach max level in DAOC for the first few times, it’s a staggering difference. DAOC was easily 15-20 days played, but the PvE model was very archaic. All signs point to an easy leveling process, but that fits Mythic’s “The value of WAR is not in the leveling, it’s in the RvR” motto. Time will tell!
So what do we know?
- WAR will cost â‚¬14/month and based on the interview likely no more than $14.99/month.
- To reach max level it will take the average player 200-250 Hours. Roughly 9-10 days played.
As I find more information on the topic I’ll be sure to update the post and leave a comment.