Perfect World Entertainment CEO Michael Chi and CFO Kelvin Lau held a question-and-answer session with investors this week and revealed that the company’s premium game, Star Trek Online, will be going free-to-play (F2P) by the end of the year.
And also Star Trek Online, after the acquisition, in fact Cryptic is working on the free-to-play model for Star Trek Online. This is going to be launched by the end of this year as well. So I think free-to-play model we have a bigger potential in US market and also in China market. Thank you.
Having purchased the game and rights from Cryptic, Perfect World Ent is working hard to make the game into something players will pay for. The company is also working on Runic’s Torchlight, planned for release late next year or early 2013 along with Neverwinter, which is on the same time frame.
Torchlight from Runic, as mentioned, I think the MMORPG version is going to be – is scheduled to be launched in late 2012 or early 2013, okay? For Cryptic games, Neverwinter, I think our schedule is going to – trying to launch the game in late 2012 or early 2013. So we are going to launch the game in US first and then followed by Asian countries.
The full Q&A session can be seen at Seeking Alpha.