Hi-Rez Studios Reveals Global Agenda Pricing Info

Today Hi-Rez Studios disclosed the pricing model details for Global Agenda, the futuristic MMO shooter scheduled for release early in 2010. Players will be able to experience the major features...

Today Hi-Rez Studios disclosed the pricing model details for Global Agenda, the futuristic MMO shooter scheduled for release early in 2010. Players will be able to experience the major features of the game subscription-free for the $US 49.99 retail price. An optional monthly subscription of $12.99 / month ($11.49/mo for 3 months, $9.99/mo for 6 months) will unlock the persistent Alliance vs. Alliance territory control side of the game along with a host of additional features cited below.

We spoke with Todd Harris, Executive Producer of Global Agenda, after the announcement to learn a little more about what each pricing option entails.  "We're really excited about the pricing model, because we really think it's going to enable more players to check out the game. Some people, when they hear that there's a subscription, it's not on their radar. This removes that roadblock and hopefully any kind of confusion about whether [Global Agenda] is an MMO or isn't an MMO, because to us it's always been a different kind of MMO.

"Additionally, we designed the game thinking we could have a really thriving community of folks competing for territory where there's actually victory conditions on a group level. We haven't really seen a lot of that in the marketplace and were excited to play it, so we think that we'll have a lot of subscribers that want to do the AvA [Agency vs. Agency] as well. So we tried to make the pricing model consistent with the gameplay, ultimately. If players want to play it like a multiplayer shooter, they can do that and have a great time. For people that want to do the ongoing Conquest gameplay, we're excited that we'll have a large community that wants to do that."

Here's the newly-revealed breakdown between Global Agenda and the subscription option, Global Agenda: Conquest, as per the press release:

Global Agenda
(one time purchase - $49.99 MSRP) includes:

  • Creation of up to eight different agent characters
  • Character visual customization
  • Access to all combat weapons and devices  
  • Cooperative Player vs. Environment missions against the Commonwealth NPC faction, AI-controlled enemies, and Boss Fights
  • Matchmade Player vs. Player missions with five different game types and over 20 unique maps
  • Character progression through 30 levels
  • Achievement and unlocks system for individual characters
  • Player Inventory for suits, flair, dyes, upgrades, and loot
  • Virtual Reality practice fighting area
  • Vendors and accumulation of in-game currency
  • Text chat with multiple channels
  • Built in voice chat during missions
  • Ability to join an established player-created agency
  • All play is on our single-shard, hosted server environment to ensure convenient and consistent gaming experience.
  • Ability to sign up for one free month of subscription at registration (credit card required, can be cancelled at any time).
The optional monthly subscription-based Global Agenda:  Conquest ($12.99 per month, $11.49/mo for 3 month, $9.99/mo for 6 month), includes:     
  • Access to Alliance vs. Alliance (AvA) World Domination gameplay: a massive scale campaign between player created agencies and alliances over scarce territory and resources on a persistent world map.
  • Attack and Defend Territories in zones that match your agency's schedule
  • Agency and Alliance Management - Create and maintain persistent player groups and officer ranks
  • Creation and Upgrading of Facilities - Control production and output
  • Base Raids - involving up to 60 players per side; coordinated between 6 different strike teams within linked territory instances
  • Agency Achievement System, Leveling, and Recognition
  • Auction House with bidding and buyouts
  • Mail System
  • Upgrade Text and Voice chat to support multiple channels and strike teams
  • Player Crafting with blueprints
  • Additional character customization options including elite character suits, dye colors, and seasonal flair
  • Ongoing Co-Op content at max character level
  • Ongoing AvA content, multiplayer PvP content, and new social areas

We'll have more from Todd Harris about Global Agenda's pricing options in an upcoming interview, but in the meantime please check out our Global Agenda portal.

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