The release date and pricing structure for RealTime Worlds' MMO APB have been revealed. The release date for the crime-ridden, urban multiplayer action game is simple: June 29 in North America. The pricing structure, however, is a bit more complex...
Below is how the game's FAQ describes the pricing structure:
You can purchase a retail version of APB either in-store or via digital download at standard retail price (SRP $49.99/£34.99/€49.99). The game includes 50 hours of action game play out of the box plus unlimited time in APB's social districts customising, socialising and trading on the marketplace.
Once your game time is up, you have flexibility to top up your action game time from as little as $6.99 (£5.59, €6.29) for an additional 20 hours, while more frequent players can switch to a 30-day unlimited package for only $9.99 (£7.99, €8.99) with discounts available for 90 and 180 days.
The retail package also contains a bonus 100 RTW points towards your next purchases.
An additional benefit to this evolutionary model is the ability for you to convert your own customisations and rewards to tradable products to give to friends or clan-mates or to place on the Marketplace to earn more RTW points (convertible to game time) or in-game cash. Check back later for more details
So, basically, either $10 a month, or $7 for 20 hours...What do you think? How does this compare to the more standard pay-per-month to you?