What makes video game rentals so popular? Is it the variety of titles offered, or is it the ease of getting and playing them? In this article, we’ll look at some of the factors that made video game rentals such a popular pastime during childhood and continue to make them a popular option for gamers today.
Epic Games is an independent creator, publisher, and developer of interactive games. They offer a variety of online gaming experiences, many of which are free to users. They introduced the first “immersive RPG” title to the world with the release of October’s hit game hit, Bulletproof. Since then, they have been releasing several high-quality games each year. They have been working on their next play during this time, a role-playing game called Battle Pass. We will detail what Epic Games is up to in the future as we progress through the upcoming months and years.
In April of 2021, Epic released their second free-to-play video game, entitled Fall of Rome. It was received very well by both critics and players, and the game was later added to their lineup of upcoming games. They revealed that the next game in the series would be arriving in late April or early September at the end of July. It was then confirmed that it would be released in July, and subsequently, it was also revealed that it would have a “full” million players.
So, what is epic fail? The short answer is that the lack of in-game purchases and the massive number of players choosing not to purchase the in-game premium currency, called v-bucks, meant that Fall of Rome was essentially redundant. Many people felt that they could have bought more v-bucks and use that to buy better weapons and items in the game. There were only so many things that they could physically collect for those who wanted to purchase something. There weren’t enough people interested in buying anything, so the in-game store was utterly useless.
It seems that the developers are aware that they aren’t doing anything wrong with Fall of Rome. They gave away all the content for free, and they will not be charging anyone for it. With that being said, we can start to analyze what the problem was, or at least the perceived problem was. The in-game store was redundant because there weren’t enough people interested in buying the premium items offered, leaving it as a free-to-play video game.
The problem was compounded with the reveal that they were giving away several future games for free. Because everyone had already received the Fall of Rome free, they were interested in learning more about the fun and wanted to play them. However, the games were not nearly what the company had promised. People began to receive the games, but they were underwhelming in terms of graphics and performance. This disappointed many, and once again, the concept of giving away free games failed.
While Fall of Rome is not officially available anymore, there is still no doubt that it will be one of the top-selling games this holiday season. During December, there will only be two games available: Halo: Reach and Dead Orbit. Of course, Halo: Reach will have additional content, such as the maps and modes promised throughout the summer. However, with just two games being given away each week, we can see that the concept of giving away a lot of content to promote a game is not going to work very well.
Despite the problems that Fall of Rome and its companions had, it was a good chance for Microsoft to let the public test out their new offering. Hopefully, now that testing has concluded, we will see Fall of Rome in stores before the end of next October. If not, it will surely be available when the next major game releases at the end of this November.