Ubisoft's MMORPG Shadowbane
recently made a fairly subdued announcement regarding customer billing--or, rather, the lack of billing.
Shadowbane follows in the footsteps of MMOs like PlanetSide and Anarchy Online, allowing
previously paying customers to enjoy the game for
The low-key nature of this change means we don't know if the subscription fee will be replaced with other revenue streams such as in-game ads or expansion pack-based charges. Hopefully we'll have more news soon. For the time being, it seems fairly straightforward: download the game client, activate a free trial, never pay.