Turn-Based MMORPG Wakfu Is Transitioning To Free-To-Play

By Eugene . August 15, 2014 . 3:59pm

 

Turn-based MMORPG Wakfu is making its transition to a free-to-play model and going back into open beta for awhile from today. It will then morph into a full release later this month, according to Ankama Games.

 

The MMORPG was previously published by Square Enix, but the game was handed back to Ankama Games in March last year. Ankama then made note earlier this year that it would be transitioning from a subscription model to free-to-play for the West, with an open beta phase in between.

 

Wakfu Screenshot 1

One of the cool things which really, more MMOs should consider, is a political system within the game. Players can create laws and initiate conflicts, shaping the environment with game-altering effects and in-game ramifications.

 

Wakfu Screenshot 4

An active eco-system is also part of Wakfu. If you over-exploit an area, its population of animals, plants and whatnot can disappear forever.

 

Wakfu Screenshot 5 Wakfu Screenshot 6

The turn-based bit comes in combat, with time limits for players set out on a grid.

 

Wakfu Screenshot 7 Wakfu Screenshot 8

Wakfu is part of a wider transmedia series that sets it in the Dofus universe. The MMO is set with players finding the world in ruins after the cataclysm of Ogrest’s Chaos. There are some 15 different classes to choose from in the game, including pandas.

 

Wakfu is in open beta now for PC.


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  • JMaster3000

    Wasn’t it free to play? I’m pretty sure i played it before online and for FREE.

    • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

      Nope. It was subscription based, until they changed a lot of stuff a few months ago.

    • X_Bacon

      I think it had like a limited-access version where some of the content was only available to subscribers.

      That, or it was still on beta when you played it.

      • Astralwyrm

        They had a sort of free trial where you could get to a certain point in the game and then you had to pay to proceed any further.

    • dawnbomb

      there was a game that was visually similar, your might be thinking of that, this was always pay to play

  • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

    Hope that this game gets a lot of attention now. Wakfu is like “FFT meets Ragnarok Online”, but with 90% less dependency to the Attack command.

  • Kaetsu

    Whether it’s a good game or not, I really like the art style.

  • http://gamesero.wordpress.com/ Arla

    My complaint about the game is stupid since it’s an MMO, but I stopped playing once I hit a point where I couldn’t solo the game anymore. Once I hit that wall I just stopped because finding people to play with is a chore. I’ve got online friends, but all we play different shit.

    I’d recommend it if you can get a group of friends together. The combat is great and it looks beautiful. The animated series is pretty awesome too.

    • Spirit Macardi

      I don’t think it’s a stupid reason. MMOs should offer solo content, since it’s not always possible to get friends to play. Or if they are going to force multiplayer, then they should have some sort of auto-grouping function to put you in a team of similar players.

  • Smooosh

    I really liked Wakfu, my backlog of offline games swallowed me up though so I had to stop playing.

    Ecaflip 4 layfe, I love gambler classes in RPGs. The world needs more of those!

  • Skeledon

    Should have did this awhile ago. A lot of people moved to APAC already.

  • Eilanzer

    “free to play” ¬¬
    aham…Just like dofus…If you don´t pay…you have TWO maps to enjoy all your “free” ¬¬”

    • fernando jimenez

      now its for real, you can enjoy all the maps for free this time, at least im lvl 20+ and i dont have been restricted in any zone, before all you can kill its chickens and cats in the first field

  • Beat

    Wow my baby made an appearance on siliconera! Seriously, this game is amazing.

  • SlickRoach

    Glad to see the devs are working on this game to make it solid. Was just thinking about coming back again, since it’s a real unique, zany, and stylish MMORPG.

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