iphone mmorpg and monthly fees

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by underthesun, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. underthesun macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2008
    Will this annoy apple? I mean, one can make an mmorpg game and give it away for free in the app store, but require $3 a month to play. And then apple will get no $$$, in contrast to the 30% app store share if payment is done through the app store. Is there any existing apps that does this?

    Reason I'm asking is that I plan to eventually make an mmorpg on it.. someday far away, but hey anyone can dream :cool:
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  3. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    I disagree, there are plently of apps in the app store that are free but require a paid subscription. This is allowed.
  4. Diode macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2004
    Washington DC
    remember the milk works on that concept.

    It's a free app but requires a $25/year subscription to the service.
  5. liptonlover macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2008
    But the service was already around, it isn't based on the iphone app. But if apple doesn't approve it, just make it a $0.99 app so that they get their $0.30. That should do it :)
  6. jakemann23 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2008
  7. Macjames macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    Yorkshire, England
    how many people would miss the fact you had to pay per month and then complain about it in the review?

    Quite a few i think.
  8. ChiliBlue macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2008
    Houston, TX
    I thought the same thing. I wish Blizzard would do something to intergrate at least the auction house with an iPhone app.

    To the OP, I think Apple would allow it and I would buy it.
  9. treysik macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2008
    I wish there was a nice MMORPG for the iPhone. Unless I am overlooking it? If there, please, direct me to it.

    I played EVE and they have an app to monitor your EVE Character progression. I didnt have the iPhone then, but used the same app on my Blackberry.

    Anyways. please let me know if there is a good MMORPG for the iPhone.
  10. plamzi macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2009
    Many have tried. But I'm not giving away any cigars yet. I think the main problem is some want to stuff WoW inside the small screen, and others just build interactive websites that take away the real-time element.

    I've been working on building a graphic MUD client that can do the best of both worlds. Here's a preview:


    Comments/feedback welcome.
  11. strike1555 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2009
    I thought I read somewhere that apps are free apps are prohibited from in-app purchases? (with ATT being the exception of course).
  12. Bradullio macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2009
    As far as I know, CipSoft are porting their java / symbian MMORPG TibiaME to the iPhone as well. That would be a real live-MMORPG, then (no website round-based mmo stuff). Quite cute 2d zelda / Final Fantasy style.
    Dunno when they will be done, they're not advertising it, but the developers wrote that in their forum.
    If that's true, then I'm very excited!

  13. aluren macrumors 65816

    Sep 9, 2008
    that's what I thought as well when in-app purchases were first announced for os 3.0...
  14. plamzi macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2009
    iphone mmorpg bedlam preview 2

    Here's another sneak preview:


    Huge world. Open-ended gameplay. Tons of features. No clunky HTML, and no system-hosing 3D.

    Sign up for the closed beta at bedlam.eyecandid.org.
  15. SteveSparks macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    St. Louis, MO.
    In app purchases are allowed. I'd suggest the iPad rather than the iPhone. Use gestures for combat and have a good isometric overview mode.
  16. galana macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2010
    Now that in-app purchases are built into the iphone platform Apple will be able to get a cut of any subscriptions, so MMO's will get a chance to implement proper subscription models and Apple will still get their cut.

    There is a full 3D persistent world MMO coming out which is going to be free but also have an optional subsciption model, similar to the way runescape works on the web, theres a few pics and a video on the link below.

    Highland Warrior iPhone MMORPG
  17. txa1265 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2002
    Corning, NY
    I think that is a good model. There is a browser-based online strategy-RPG-ish called Might & Magic Heroes Kingdom. They are (from Ubisoft) a freemium service with a free iPad app (UK only at this point ... had to set up a separate account to get it ...) And it works pretty well.
  18. naleksiev macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2010
    I think Parallels does the same. Free iDevice app but to connect to another machine you have to purchase the PC/Mac version for $60-70.
  19. AWelbourn macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2011
    By the sounds of it most of the upcoming games, OoC, Traveller-AR, etc, will be moving towards the in-app purchase model.

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