VR MMORPG Zenith is going free to play

VR MMORPG Zenith is going free to play

Ramen VR is fundamentally changing Zenith: The Last City and hopes to free itself from financial difficulties.

FACTS

The VR MMORPG Zenith is about to undergo a major change. After extensive discussion and analysis of player data, the team behind Zenith has decided to redesign the game. The result is "Zenith: Nexus", which will be partially free to play and introduce a new game mode.

Zenith: Nexus includes Zenith: The Last City, the original main game, which will still be available as paid DLC, and Zenith: Infinite Realms. This is a new procedurally generated action-adventure role-playing game. Infinite Realms will be more accessible, introduce a revamped movement system, and be playable in co-op. There will also be new social features.

Existing Zenith players will be able to keep The Last City and all of their progress. Zenith will also introduce a new virtual currency called "Zennies". You will be able to purchase seasonal content, cosmetics, and more avatar customization in a small in-game store. These changes will take effect with the next update.

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Big challenges for Ramen VR

Zenith, developed by Ramen VR, launched in early 2022 and got off to an impressive start, securing a place among the top-rated premium titles on Meta Quest. The game's popularity led to a $35 million investment in Ramen VR. However, according to recent reports, Zenith: The Last City has been losing money for nearly a year.

Despite a promising start and several major updates, Zenith is facing major challenges. Developer Ramen VR has never charged a subscription fee, relying solely on game sales to cover the cost of running the server. With the introduction of a free-to-play version, the studio is hoping for a significant increase in players and a new, long-term source of revenue.

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Sources: Ramen VR