Fantasy Strike is now free to play

Hi, I’m David Sirlin, and I love fighting games. I always loved Street Fighter, and was the lead designer on one version of it, then I went on to create the mechanically elegant, but strategically difficult fighting game, Fantasy Strike. Now, I have an announcement for you that I think is a big deal for the genre of fighting games.

Fantasy Strike is now free to play. The term “free to play” has a wide range of meanings and we’re excited to tell you that we’re on the extreme end of the spectrum where all characters are free and you can play them immediately, with no grinding to unlock them, and no way to pay for any kind of power (just extra cosmetics and features).

Specifically, you can play all characters in online casual play, online ranked play, offline practice mode, and offline “single match” mode against AI… completely free.

Also we are also adding two new characters: Chancellor Quince and General Onimaru. 

Everyone gets these characters for free, too.

To learn more about the gameplay of these new characters, check out the character spotlight videos for Quince and Onimaru.

This is something we wanted to do all along. We know that it’s a huge benefit to the playerbase, not just in that they can play for free, but also in that it attracts a ton more opponents for everyone and helps vastly expand the community. The problem for us was always that in order to make the game free-to-play, we have to develop a bunch of other stuff to actually sell. Well, we did that. And we’ve been careful to keep the game completely competitively fair in the process.

There are three broad types of things people can buy.

First, the core pack: this gives access to five additional game modes: Arcade Mode, Survival, the awesome powerup craziness of Boss Rush, local versus, and online friend matches (founders who already bought the game already have and will retain all these modes). Next, there’s a lot of new cosmetics. Players can buy (sensible!) alternate costumes as well as alternate (non-gameplay) animations such as intros and win poses. Finally, there’s an optional subscription called Fantasy+.

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