The free-to-play phenomenon continues to gather pace, but at least one publisher is willing to swim against the tide. Hi-Rez is introducing a new payment option for its online shooter Tribes: Ascend. While players are currently required to purchase content in a piecemeal fashion, from Friday 15th February they’ll be permitted to scoop up everything they need (with the possible exception of a mother’s love) in one go.
Hi-Rez cofounder Todd Harris has clarified that a single purchase “will unlock all classes, all weapons, and all perks in the current game; everything except the non gameplay affecting items like cosmetics”. According to Harris, the decision to introduce the more traditional option was made in response to community requests. Or, to put it another way, Hi-Rez has developed a fondness for money.
The existing free-to-play payment option will, of course, remain available and Harris has assured players that new maps will continue to rolled out for free.