Subscription plans now available on Steam

Half-Life developer's online marketplace now allows users to sign up for subscription plans; first supported title is MMO Darkfall Unholy Wars.

Beginning today, Steam will offer subscription plans, Half-Life and Portal developer Valve has announced. The first supported title is Darkfall Unholy Wars, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game from Aventurine S.A.

A subscription for Darkfall Unholy Wars is $14.95 per month. Additional subscription-based games will follow, though none of these were announced.

Steam users can now sign up for, manage, cancel, or renew subscription plans through the platform. Currently, Valve is not allowing users to gift a subscription plan to another user.

Additional information about Steam subscription plans is available through a Steam FAQ.

Subscription-based games like Eve Online were available through Steam prior to today. What is new is the ability to manage subscription plans through the service.

[CORRECTION] An earlier version of this story did not mention that some subscription-based games were already available through Steam. GameSpot regrets the error.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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128 comments
Hellbishop
Hellbishop

Excellent move by STEAM. Now i might actually check out one of these MMO games just by picking up a $20 to $100 STEAM CARD at Best Buy instead of using a credit card which i have never had in my life.

ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE here i come :D

fillup0
fillup0

Guys don't you see that this is a good thing? It isn't Valve's way of nickel and diming you, it's a way for the consumer to manage subscription based MMO games they play. It's not the best thing that has ever happened to Steam, and the premium model will probably come back now, but it's handy if you play these games.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Still not as bad as Steam still selling The War Z.

ozdarkhorse
ozdarkhorse

Why in the hell would someone pay a monthly fee for such a shallow game? Stupid.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

See, PC gamers still pay to play.  No one is special.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Darkfall is a HORRIBLE game.  Bad idea to sub for that garbage.  I'm still waiting on my refund on that deal...

junglist101
junglist101

Just let us buy the game and play it dammit!  Enough of these god awful subscriptions and microtransactions designed to rape the gamer's wallet.

V3rciS
V3rciS

That's pretty nice because Darkfall is a nice sandbox MMORPG... people should give it a try imho.

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

Nice option for frequent MMO players I guess. Steam still adapting to every type of gamers need as well so it is a step forward even if some won't use it.

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

40$ + 15$ sub ? I sense a fail in the air.

akebar
akebar

Its a shame the sub cost will scare so many people away, because darkfall is really nothing like your generic mmos, its more like an actual elder scrolls mmo where you manually aim your spells and there are no zones or loading screens. 

its the only mmo i've ever subbed to past the 1st month.

InquisitorCrox
InquisitorCrox

Allow? Allow?? Who are they kidding? Like we were making petition so we can pay more monthly fees in extra subscriptions, this what M$ sees and does what it does...

I just hope that this is not the beginning of the end for steam and they will not start treating the non premioum users with adds and bloatware...

HappyBB
HappyBB

To me, the $14.95 monthly subscription fee for a game is way too expensive!

Zloth2
Zloth2

Awww, I saw the headline and thought we might be able to play anything in their catalog for $20/mo. or so.

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Gamespot posting things in the wrong forum a week late again....yay for not meaning to post at all!

pisoni94
pisoni94

gamespot regrets the error, you regret but still really do anuthing about it, this is the 7 th er regret crap i have seen on their news

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Subscriptions via Steam is not something that would interest me.

tim1935
tim1935

Subscriptions on Steam now?  Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Pikdum
Pikdum

I've said once and I'll say it again, Darkfall just isn't a game you charge a subscription for. People don't want to pay monthly for a hardcore and unforgiving game with outdated graphics, animations and sound.

Rusmurf
Rusmurf

Darkfall is alot of fun if you like pvp

unreal_master
unreal_master

Couldn't we just do this from the game site itself?

ESB
ESB

@ozdarkhorse I really don't know, I'm still trying to understand why people pay monthly fees for MP on the xbox...

RAD_RADIO
RAD_RADIO

@InquisitorCrox everyone, pay attention, as this is the kind of thing that happens when people only read misleading headlines.

This is not a STEAM subscription, it's just a subscription plan for a game THROUGH steam. Relax.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@InquisitorCrox I think you fail to see the point. You can get your subscription for the MMO directly through Steam, Steam doesn't create subscriptions out of thin air.

Riddick123
Riddick123

@pisoni94 I regret that I read the story.

Kickable
Kickable

@Pikdum maybe people who don't play many MMOs already.  typical MMO players are very forgiving when it comes to graphics at least.

Rusmurf
Rusmurf

@Pikdum Graphics are better then almost any other mmo, sound is realtime based on physics. What do you want, anime in stereo?

asendedtrunks
asendedtrunks

@unreal_master Yeah, but options like this are always good if for example you trust steam with your payment info more than you trust the mmo companies or paypal or whatever.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@Kickable @HappyBB 

people also pay to have their nuts stomped on with high heels...doesn't mean everyone wants that kind of service.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@MysteryJ0ker @HappyBB And $180 a year..that's 2 games plus a used one. I think $5 is a fair price, but I don't think that there's any way that an MMO can justify $180 a year. Sure they are, of course, very large and open, but most of them are just point and click quests and watching your character perform actions with little control. Overall, I just don't see why they need that much money a month when gamers usually have to pay additional fees to play expansions that were made almost entirely from their money.

StolenDiagram
StolenDiagram

@MysteryJ0ker @HappyBB It's expensive compared to the big hitters in the MMO world yes, who charge almost 50% of this a month. This is the price a completely unknown company is asking for and they're punching above their weight!

Pikdum
Pikdum

@Rusmurf@PikdumI'm confused, are you claiming the game looks as good as any other recently released MMO's? Look at Guild Wars 2. That is now the standard most would expect from a game being released in 2013. This game looks and sounds like a game from perhaps 2005. I really can't help to see it as an online HD version of TES: Morrowind.

I'm not trying to hate on the game, truth be told, graphics don't matter a whole lot to me. I enjoyed a lot of my time spent playing the original Darkfall. However many people are just going to turn their heads after getting a glance at UW. 

I know Aventurine doesn't care to appeal to the masses, but I'm sure the game would be far more profitable and last longer if it went the F2P micro transaction route or something of the sort.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@Gravity_Slaveand one thing , broken english doesn't make you 3rd world dweller , if you don't believe me pls go to japan. 

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@RAD_RADIO @Rusmurf @Pikdum Have to agree. I'll be completely honest and say I've never really seen either played, so that might make my opinion a little stronger since I have no bias here. After looking at Darkfall's screenshots, I'll say I was a little impressed since I've only played older, free MMO's. But the GW2 screenshots were much cleaner and really awe inspiring. I have to say that the close up's actually looked better than the far away combat ones lol. But either way, I'm not much into subscription games so I think I'll skip. But they both do look like fun games

V3rciS
V3rciS

@Jestersmiles Darkfall is a great game... and it's different to your average MMO. It's a sandbox game so even comparing it to GW2 is so wrong...
Besides graphics ain't bad at all... they're pretty neat and beautiful

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

@Rusmurf @Pikdum

A game concept from 1997, only then it was good. Graphics from 2002, only then they were impressive. A box price + sub fee model from 2004, only that was a much better game. An inventory system slightly worse than Skyrim, only that was on console so it was almost acceptable. A gathering/harvesting system so bad that no other game developer has even come close to making something so awful so it really can't be compared. But hey, at least it's still slightly better than Mortal Online

RAD_RADIO
RAD_RADIO

@Rusmurf @Pikdum "GW2 is all small zones with flowers and bunnies"... No, just... no.
DFUW's graphics don't hold a candle to GW2. They simply do not. I have a beefy enough system that I can crank both games way up, and trust me... GW2 is leaps above this game.

Rusmurf
Rusmurf

@Pikdum @Rusmurf Yes, I was in alpha/beta for GW2, and have been playing DFUW right through beta up to release. DFUW has more realistic graphics, GW2 is more cartoonish. GW2 realies more on artwork then pushing alot of polygons. It's nicer then WoW, but the graphics are definately a step down from DF. Different graphic styles, but considering draw distance, open world, DF is so much more complicated. GW2 is all small zones with flowers and bunnies.

The sound isn't even close, you actually have to pay attention to where noise is coming from in DF. If your talking about music, then no doubt GW2 is better.