The Spanish indie studio Mercury Steam has announced today that, from August 23, their game Raiders of the Broken Planet will officially become a free-to-play experience called Spacelords, with this transformation coming alongside the fourth campaign, Council Apocalypse, which includes four unique missions and a new recruited character (Valeria).
Spacelords' director Enric Álvarez had this to say on the decision:
"When we launched Raiders September last year, we hoped its low price point of 9.99 [GBP] per campaign - would open it up to a large number of users, but it didn't work as we planned. Our vision is to see our game enjoyed by millions of users for years to come and putting all of the game's rich content into their hands for free is the way to realize it. We've answered our community and hope this removal of any payment barriers will build our devoted community further"
Spacelords isn't just a rebrand though, but a whole new experience built on the foundation of Raiders. Those who have purchased the premium version of Raiders will be rewarded with some exclusive content, only available to those who own the original game, and Mercury Steam will announce what that will be soon. On top of that, other changes include the free Mission of the Week now becoming Mission of the Day and being accessible to all players, and the price of gold needed to rent individual missions is being reduced significantly.
Is Spacelords a good alternative to Raiders?