Turbine, Inc. announced today a number of things regarding Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited. First, over one million new players have joined the game since September 2009. The amount of paying subscribers has doubled and it's experienced 500% growth in revenue. This is all being said as the game passes the 4-year mark since initial release.
Also, the Executive Producer of DDO Unlimited, Fernando Paiz, will speak at the upcoming Game Developers Conference. The session will be called "The Future of MMO Monetization: How Turbine Supercharged DDO by Adopting a Hybrid Business Model" and will talk about DDO Unlimited's business model. More details are in the press release if you plan on going to GDC.
Turbine has just announced that Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited (DDO Unlimited) has attracted over one million new players since the free-to-play MMO launched in September 2009. A press release follows with additional information about the game’s sharp growth, as Turbine celebrates DDO’s 4th year in operation.
Executive Producer, Fernando Paiz will speak at the upcoming Game Developers Conference about DDO Unlimited’s successful hybrid business model and is available for media interviews at GDC, upon request. The details:
GDC Session: “The Future of MMO Monetization: How Turbine Supercharged DDO by Adopting a Hybrid Business Model”
Wednesday, March 10th – 1:45pm – 2:45pm
North Hall, Room 131
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE®: eBERRON UNLIMITED™ surpasses one million NEW players
Best Free-to-Play MMO Marks Four Years of Operation with Sharp Growth
WESTWOOD, MA – February 26, 2010 –Turbine, Inc. announced today that Dungeons & Dragons Online®: Eberron Unlimited™ (DDO Unlimited), the world’s best free-to-play massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) has already attracted over one million new players since its September 2009 launch. The massive influx of new players has been across all of the various consumer plans available. DDO Unlimited’s paid subscriber base has more than doubled, while at the same time players are transacting in the new DDO store at three times the industry average, growing the franchise’s revenue over 500% since its launch in September.
DDO Unlimited is a free-to-play MMORPG which delivers heart-pounding gameplay featuring the industry’s best combat system, a massive world with state-of-the-art graphics and gameplay, and a rich set of features that until now could only be found in premium subscription-based MMOs. DDO Unlimited offers an innovative new pricing model that allows players to download and play for free, purchasing adventure packs, items, and account services a la carte from the new DDO Store, or to subscribe to get unlimited access to all of the game’s content. Players can download and play DDO Unlimited for free by visiting http://www.ddo.com.
“The response from players to DDO Unlimited has been nothing short of phenomenal,” said Jim Crowley, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. “We’ve known all along how great this game is and by implementing an innovative new model that put the players in charge of how they pay and play DDO Unlimited, we’ve successfully expanded our reach and injected new energy into the game. Without a doubt, DDO Unlimited is a hit!”
“The launch of DDO Unlimited has been a huge success and has really taken the game to a new level,” said Fernando Paiz, Executive Producer of DDO Unlimited. “As we celebrate our 4th birthday, the game has never been better and we’re just getting started with more adventure packs, more store items, and other innovative features coming in the major updates we have planned throughout 2010.”
DDO Unlimited is based on the world-renowned DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® franchise of Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc.® (NYSE: HAS), under license to Atari, SA. DDO has been enthusiastically received by many gaming critics, including The New York Times, PC Gamer, Game Informer and many more. For the latest information, please visit www.ddo.com.
Turbine, Inc. is the premier creator and operator of massive, persistent online worlds that foster powerful social gaming communities. Turbine is the largest privately-held online gaming studio in North America and has created some of the world’s most popular and award-winning online games, including The Lord of the Rings Online™, Dungeons & Dragons Online®: Eberron Unlimited™, and Asheron's Call®. For more information on Turbine, its products and services please visit www.turbine.com.
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