Posted Tue, Jul 26, 2011 by Sardu
Ten Ton Hammer: Do you have a release date for City of Heroes Freedom that you’re ready to announce yet?
Positron: We do have a release date locked in, but we’re not announcing it yet. Later this year is all we’re saying for now, but we are very excited about it. I think this is the most content of any single release we have ever put into this game.
We’re bordering on City of Villains and Going Rogue in terms of how much work people have done on this. It’s really kind of a reimagining of the franchise for this business model. That’s what I love about it. It’s basically new life breathed into this game – a game that thousands of players still love, and they’re still going to find what they love in that game.
Ten Ton Hammer: What does the future hold for those fans once Freedom and Issue 21 are live? Are you planning on doing more releases similar to Going Rogue in terms of size and scope as a full expansion release?
Positron: What we really want to do is more Issues in a year than we’ve ever done before, and on a more regular release schedule, and just have a certain consistency. With the launch of Freedom, consistency is going to be key. We want that store to have something new on it every week, or be running specials on something.
We’ve got monthly updates called signature stories that we’ll be able to add, so every month there’s going to be a new signature story available. And just cool updates, but remaining consistent with it is really our goal. VIP players will get the signature stories for free, and free players will be able to get them in the store.
Ten Ton Hammer: Will new Issues continue to be free content that’s added to the game for all players, or will those work the same as the signature story releases?
Positron: For Issue 21, the zone itself is going to be available for everyone. The contacts and the missions are going to be for VIP players only, but free players can purchase the contacts. So free players can still get in the zone and experience some of the content of the Issue, and that’s kind of the model we want going forward.
Again, it’s catered towards our VIP subscribers so that they’re getting everything they were getting before, and more. That was our goal: don’t take something away from our VIP subscribers just because we’re changing our business model.
Ten Ton Hammer: Any final words for our readers before we wrap things up?
Positron: We’re very excited about Freedom, and all of the new players it’s going to bring into the game, as well as our veteran players being rewarded for their time. We love the things like the Paragon Rewards Program. It’s rewarding our veteran players, it’s rewarding our returning players and even if they don’t want to pick their subscription back up, they’re going to find that their previous time is still going to count as credit in the game.
I think in those areas alone we really tried to understand this market, and really wanted to make sure that we are a leader in this market of a hybrid business model.
We’d like to thank Matt “Positron” Miller for the excellent interview and for taking the time to speak with us, as well as the fine folks from NCsoft!