In an official statement on the RF website, it stated that “Players who were turned off by the premium priced subscription rates of RF will now be able to enjoy the game as RF Online will now be FREE TO PLAY!” (GM T’s note: In Episode 2)
But RF isn’t going to be exactly an F2P game. In Episode 2, there will still be an option to become a subscriber to enjoy better mod rates such as “2x Exp / 2x PT / 2x Drop and 2x Mining Rate! (As well as getting bonus credits for item mall purchases) when they opt to use the Premium Subscription Option”. All FREE players will have lower rates than this.
The RF Team promises to work harder to serve the community as attested by new Community Manager, GM Cydie in a forum post. “We are aware of the fears and apprehensions of each of our players about RF going Free-to-Play. This was a decision that was forced upon us by CCR. We wanted to go free to play even less than you do. Rest assured though that we have fought against this as much as we could up to last possible moment.” GM Cydie wrote.
To recognize those loyal to RF, we will also be rewarding our veteran users (those who’ve been with us through-out the subscription model) with “a special item to give (to) our loyal players who’ve been fighting the war on Novus with us through thick and thin. This special item will be given to all characters level 47 and above on the day of Episode 2’s Launch. Details about this item will be announced at a later date.” according to the forum post.
In closing, I would like to again quote GM Cydie; “The Philippine RF Online Team and Level-Up! would like to assure everybody that the level of service and integrity of the game will not diminish. We will be working doubly hard to make sure each player gets the most out of his/her gaming experience. ”
RF Episode 2 is now playable in Omicron, the test server.