announced over the weekend that its long-running Vendetta Online
MMORPG will explore microtransactions
on certain mobile devices.
, a space sim sandbox that offers single-shard gameplay across operating systems including Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS, has been running since April of 2002 and has heretofore subsisted on the subscription model. Guild says that subscribers "will still get everything
, across all platforms, without any need for these types of optional purchases."
Microtransactions will be exclusively for Vendetta
pilots on Lite accounts, and the structure of the cash shop will "require refinement and continued feedback from the userbase." Guild concludes that a hybrid business model is "an expected necessity on mobile," and it is working to adapt and court additional players.