Nevrax, the Paris-based development studio, has announced Episode 2 of The Saga of Ryzom, together with a redesigned subscription service that negates the need for credit cards.
Released as a patch yesterday, with further content and gameplay additions due to be released through a second patch on October 6, Episode 2 features a series of dynamic events that will fit into the overall storyline of the game. Players will be able to directly impact the main game by determining the outcome of the new episode.
To encourage new gamers to try Ryzom, Nevrax will change the free trial offer and subscription system with effect from October 3. The free trial period will be reduced from 14 to 7 days, but the fee for converting to a paid subscription will be cut in half, dropping from GBP 16.99 to GBP 8.49. This fee includes the software and the first month paid subscription fee.
Players will no longer be required to make recurring debits from a credit card either, as the company will be introducing its 'PayByCash' billing system on October 10.
Nevrax's founder and CEO, David Cohen Corval said: "The Saga of Ryzom is getting more and more attractive and accessible to players. With the addition of the PayByCash billing options and the new free trial offer and price, we have further removed barriers to trying this unique online game."
The Saga of Ryzom also has a unique extension called The Ryzom Ring, which is a tool allowing players access to the creatures, buildings, maps and missions of Ryzom. By creating their own scenarios and events, players can shape the continually evolving virtual world for other gamers to enjoy.