Kobojo's multi-national RPG with Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey has had one mysterious aspect hanging above it: how are people going to pay for the game? Whether the game would be free-to-play or not seemed to be a question left unanswered. In a demo of the game, I could see that there were aspects that could easily be changed to free-to-play monetization. Well, Kobojo has just answered the question: Zodiac is going to be a premium game in North America and Europe.

This is a really interesting move, and it might be due to perceptions in the western world toward free-to-play, where it's more accepted elsewhere. Free-to-play with a mobile centricity might not play so well on the Playstation and desktop platforms the game is also going to. While I'm not opposed to free-to-play, and wouldn't mind seeing a game with these kinds of production values trying to sell free-to-play to a skeptical audience, this might be the smart call for this game. We'll see just how well it turns out when it releases later this year.

  • defunct32

    Looks a lot like Dragon's Crown/Odin Sphere.

  • klink

    Maybe the sky isn't falling after all. You can be sure this is a business decision and not based any sort of charity by the developer. Things will eventually settle down as the App Store matures. What I think would really help is to see stabilization of premium priced games.

  • brantov

    awesome news!

  • CyberData4

    You mean it's not going to be the same old crappy "Buy 100 coins for 99.99$"? Or having timers and health potions that you have to buy to keep playing? I'll actually buy this game if that's the case.

    • defunct32

      That's what premium means.

    • Jim Shorts

      Oh... you must be talking about free to play games... no this one isn't free. There won't be any free coins to buy.

    • Gamera Love

      im sure it will have microtransactions. if it will be ftp in asian market then it's impossible to make it true premium. one of the thing about ftp that we love is they have new contents every month. I think making it premium for the west is just about marketing, just like some social rpg when they first go global. we have to wait and see.

  • TakKuroda

    I mainly hope it doesn't cost $ upfront AND have microtransactions. Example: BarcodeKnight

  • curtisrshideler

    And now I'm excited for this one! Can't wait to $upport them.

  • terrence92

    From now on it is addes to my wishlist. Insta buying this gem

  • speedyph

    LOOKS AWESOME 😍😍😍😍😍

  • garbul

    Love the art style... reminds me of more-mature looking Legend of Mana.

  • eventide

    Didn't think I could be more interested. Great news.

  • hincy89

    I think the game look more child of light than final fantasy, in fact the only way I see final fantasy is through the person involved in development and it looks like he's trying to branch away from that franchise in my opinion

  • Echoen

    Another instabuy game I can add to my backlog!

  • famousringo

    Art alone will be worth cash money.

  • Misguided

    Looks positively gorgeous.

  • smiffee666

    looks amazing, even better gameplay-wise than odins sphere (hopefully, tho that was an amazin looking game) watchin this one 4 sure

  • stelluhreyesthis

    Wow looks like dragons crown. Child of light a little I guess . If it's as good as it looks in this trailer I will by the f out of that s

  • Tito Piccolo

    wow this is one good looking game, good decision not to go freemium!

  • Ninja_Blade_Diego

    Looks Awesome!

  • Pivi

    Finally an article worth reading among the F2P hypefest. Fantastic news, I have put the game back in my wishlist.

    I would pay good money for a physical retail copy for my PS Vita...

  • Jon Smith

    The game looks good so far, if Touch Arcade gives it a decent review and if it is reasonably priced say under $10 I will probably buy it just because of the choice of the developer to go premium.

  • T-REZ5000

    Have had my on this game and am really happy to hear it's not going the f2p route.