Already changing models and it’s not even out.
There’s some good news and bad news for this Friday, September 10. The bad news is that Elyon has been delayed once again, and will now be releasing on October 20. The good news is that you won’t need to pay an up front charge in order to get in when it does launch. The game is going free to play.
The announcement posted this morning on the official Steam page, with a seeming lack of confidence by Kakao who point to other launches this year and state “[w]hilst we feel that Elyon can hold a unique and competitive place amongst them all, we also understand that the time investment required for any MMORPG is not necessarily compatible with an abundance of choice.” It sounds like pre-orders were nowhere near what they anticipated or wanted, but that’s just one interpretation.
It’s clear that 2021 has been the year of the MMO, with an incredible lineup of titles in the genre set for release in the coming weeks and months, with some fantastic entries being released. Whilst we feel that Elyon can hold a unique and competitive place amongst them all, we also understand that the time investment required for any MMORPG is not necessarily compatible with an abundance of choice. Thus, after thoughtful consideration, our dedicated team has decided to make what we feel are necessary changes to our business model.
So what does this mean for those who purchased packs? If you already bought Elyon, you’re eligible for a refund if you want one. The game access is being replaced with 2,000 Rubies (cash shop currency). Head start has been extended to 72 hours for all packs.
The announcement does state that there are no plans to alter the cash shop, but as any player in the genre can tell you, rarely does an MMO publisher’s promise for cash shop integrity hold up in the long run. Let the buyer beware.