Steam Announces Subscription Services, Features Darkfall Unholy Wars

This is an announcement that's been a long time coming. Steam has added support for subscription-based games, including conventional MMOs, and has debuted the function with the recently launched Darkfall Unholy Wars. DUW is a self-described "hardcore PvP" title with an emphasis on crafting and player-vs-player action. The game was originally supposed to launch last fall, but was delayed and went through an extensive beta process. It launched on April 16.

It's not clear what the payment processing details are, or which MMOs will be adding Steam support. On the one hand, it gives gamers a simple way to manage subscriptions and expands Steam's "one stop" gaming center credentials. The flip side, however, is that centralizing all of your game subscriptions into a single location could make your Steam data all the more valuable to hackers. Steam stores a certain amount of credit card information already, but would need to store complete data in order to automatically process payments on a monthly cycle.

On the other hand, Steam's subscription services could be a boon for small and independent developers who don't have the resources to create their own payment processing network. Presumably Steam contracts to serve as middle-man for the payments, though that's still a bit unclear. According to Steam, canceling and resubscribing to a game may or may not re-link your previous account with the renewed one.
Will reactivating my Subscription give me access to my old game history?

This depends on the game. In some cases, your game data will automatically be re-linked to your Steam account. If this has not happened, you will need to contact the publisher of the game and have them re-initiate your previous game account and link it to your Steam account.
As someone who has subscribed to various MMOs over the years, this could be a handy way to manage the entire process -- but the MMO model has waned in recent years as Free To Play has become more popular.
Via:  Steam
ajm531 one year ago

maybe its because im a slightly more serious mmo player than the average person but i like free to play for others but i hate it for myself since i dont like the idea of being denied items or less xp it bugs me. But i dont play enough at the moment to take advantage of it. As long as steam beefs up their security then hopefully they would be able to secure our data but even the government has been subject to hacking so none of our data is safe in the end. It would be nice to see indie developers get into more mmo games or subscription based games as im sure great things would come from them

GregScottBelasco one year ago

I like the idea of having everything centralized for downloaded games. I love having all my games on steam and hate when new companies try their luck, forcing me to use their software. I think this will be a great idea over all.. and Steam is already subject to hack I would assume as many people have their credit cards tied to it already. Better than having to worry about 5+ different sites/programs that you have to keep on top of since they have your credit card info.

Clixxer one year ago

Sounds good but they need to fix multiple account support first to really use it. 

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