In a survey, Epic researched some players of the Battle-Royal Fortnite whether and how much a month they would be willing to pay for a subscription to the game. This would not only include the Battle Pass, but also special skins and 1000 V-Bucks per month.
Actually, the trend of the past few years has been that developers and publishers have increasingly abandoned classic subscription models for games and have taken the road to Free2Play. Of course there were still some exceptions – for example WoW or Eve Online. Even there, the tendency was slowly but surely that the game time can be bought with in-game currency. Recently, however, things have been going in the other direction again. Subscriptions are increasingly being used as the preferred payment method. It should also play a role that, with services such as Netflix, Disney + or Amazon Prime, subscriptions for online services have recently reached the broad masses and the inhibition threshold for many potential customers has decreased as a result. For example, Dual Universe already has a subscription model in beta and is very successful with it. And with Fortnite, the next globally successful game could soon introduce such a payment model. At least some of the surveys that Epic is currently conducting among their players suggest this.
In it, the developers ask their players what content they would like to subscribe to and what price they would be willing to pay for it. The range goes from $ 5 all the way up to $ 18.99. They also want to know from the players in general how they feel about such a model – whether they generally reject it or would like it.
Epic also suggested a subscription model right away. This would include the respective Battle Pass, special skins that would later appear in the shop, and 1,000 V-Bucks per month. The latter alone would be worth around $ 8. However, 1,000 V-Bucks seem a bit meager for a subscription to some players, as even rare items in the shop cost more.
Incidentally, it is unclear with all of the questions from Epic whether it should be an optional subscription. So whether you can continue to be Free2Play on the go and the subscription simply combines many things that are then cheaper than individually, or whether the subscription becomes a prerequisite for playing.
Do you think there are subscription models for games like Fortnite (buy now € 14.57 ) Can prevail in the long run or are the developers doing better with their Free2Play variants?
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