As we prepare for release on Steam, we need to evaluate our policies to ensure optimal experiences for all of our customers, old and new. After much internal discussion about the experience of new players in the game and a thorough review of the data and trends of our current free-to-play model, we have decided to make some changes to the way that new players are introduced into our unique combined arms battlefield environment.
In order to help ensure that new players have a chance to experience everything the game has to offer, today we are announcing some changes to World War II Online regarding our subscription offerings and the new player experience. These changes will be in effect starting on May 1, 2017.
In order to give our new players the best initial experience possible, there will be a change to the initial starting experience for new players signing up to the game. Starting on May 1, 2017, all new players signing up for the game will start their experience with a 2 week Premium access trial period. Once these 2 weeks have elapsed, if a premium subscription option is not selected, the user access will revert to a perpetual, limited, free-to-play access. This free-to-play option will give users access to the Bolt Action Rifleman class for all countries. They will also be able to do basic functions like capture, use binoculars, and so on.
We would like to say Thank You to our current free-to-play users, and we hope that you will join us as we transition to this new model and on towards Steam. To this end, we will be offering a special rate for all of our free to play users to upgrade to premium. As an additional thank you, as of May 1, 2017, all of our current free-to-play accounts will be getting upgraded to premium for 1 month. After the thank you month has concluded, for those that do not wish to upgrade to premium at this time the free-to-play accounts will revert to the new standard free-to-play (Rifleman only) access.
As an additional option, the Starter Account will still be available. Effective May 1, 2017 the price for starter accounts will be $7.99 USD per month.
We hope that these changes that are being made will allow new players coming to the game to experience all that WWII Online has to offer!