Wuthering Waves is an upcoming gacha game that looks extremely promising. But is the game pay-to-win?
We’ll cut to the chase – at this point we don’t know if Wuthering Waves will be pay-to-win.
Wuthering Waves still doesn’t have a set release date at this point. It is unclear what the monetization mechanics will look like.
However, we can look at Kuro Games, the developer of the game, to get an idea of its potential gacha system/company greed.
Kuro Games is also the developer of Punishing: Gray Raven, an action gacha game that is actually a ton of fun.
When looking at that game’s pay-to-win status, the game is relatively F2P-friendly, unless you want to dive heavily into PvP.
Using this as a milestone, we believe the open-world Wuthering Waves will do a decent job of balancing its monetization efforts.
Wuthering Waves gameplay
Kuro Games has been teasing Wuthering Waves since 2022. But new footage really highlights how far the game has come. You can watch the footage from IGN above.
Obviously, people are going to compare this to games like Genshin Impact and Tower of Fantasy. They are all open-world free-to-play mobile games.
It’s clear more developers are trying to capitalize on the success of those games, but we aren’t mad about it. Genshin Impact has shown how far developers can take free gacha games.
If Kuro Games can find the right balance of gameplay and monetization, Wuthering Waves has a ton of potential.
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