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Steam now carrying subscription-based games

By Brendan Sinclair

Steam now carrying subscription-based games

Thu 25 Apr 2013 5:40pm GMT / 1:40pm EDT / 10:40am PDT

Darkfall Unholy Wars becomes first game on service with an auto-renewing monthly fee

Valve continues to expand the type of offerings it allows on its Steam digital distribution service. Today the company added its first subscription-based title, Aventurine's fantasy MMO Darkfall Unholy Wars.

Customers can purchase the game for $40, and in doing so sign up for an automatically renewing $15 monthly subscription fee. Players will be able to cancel or change their subscription plans through Steam whenever they like.

While this is the first such game on Steam, the service has hosted a handful of formerly subscription-based titles after they went free-to-play, including Star Trek Online, Everquest, and DC Universe Online. Valve has hosted free-to-play games on its catalog since June of 2011.

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Private Industry

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Not entirely correct the headline, you can get Eve Online since quite some time on Steam and thats notva F2P MMO.

Posted:3 years ago

What about Rift as well? Also available on Steam for quite some time, and not F2P.

Posted:3 years ago


Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus

479 813 1.7
I'm confused. Eve? FFXI? There's been a few subscription based games.

Posted:3 years ago


Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

2,018 2,375 1.2
Mmmm... Looking through the KB article ( ) it seems the real news is that subscriptions can now be handled through Steam, rather than the game/publisher. Darkfall's release has just been timed to coincide with the new system.

Posted:3 years ago


Steve Nicholls Programmer

66 29 0.4
Badly written article does not make it clear that the sub is now handled through Steam itself.

Posted:3 years ago


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