The Agency: Not Subscription-based?

Free = Kinda Free

John Smedley's talk on "Subscriptions vs Micro-transactions" at the Leipzig Games Convention this past week brought an interesting tidbit of news: SOE is considering making its upcoming spy MMOG, The Agency, free to play. With some hooks, of course. While the game wouldn't be subscription-based, players would only gain access to certain areas by paying for them. The folks over at PS3 Fanboy offered up the story:

Smedley acknowledged that consumers are used to the subscription based model (as is SOE, considering their long history of subscription based MMOs), but said that they "believe very strongly that this is the future of MMO gaming, but we also know that it is something that players have an issue with... There's going to be an aftermarket, and we want to control it so that players don't get duped into having something switched out from them."

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