Just launched this February, Acclaim’s MMORPG The Chronicles of Spellborn didn’t manage to record the anticipated success, so the developers have plans for a re-launch, since they wouldn’t like to see their promising project flushed down the toilet simply because the competition is so high.
In other words, Acclaim is planning to turn The Chronicles of Spellborn into a free-to-play MMORPG based on micro-transactions, as opposed to the subscriptions needed to play the game now. In order to make the switch as nice as possible, while also improving the experience for players, the development will be carried through a joint venture between Spellborn NV and the development studio of Frogster Asia – the Korean studio that can be considered an expert of free to play MMORPGs.
The new Chronicles of Spellborn are scheduled to go live sometime in 2010, but the game won’t be taken offline until then – it will continue with its subscription service and all paying gamers are promised to be credited with in-game funds for any unused subscriptions they might have when The Chronicles of Spellborn based on micro transactions hits the market.
It’s still a long time until then and I am really curious to see if people will be still playing Acclaim’s game. I haven’t had the chance to do it yet, but I didn’t hear too many people complaining about its poor quality either…