Your poll choices could have been more realistic.
I think a lot of games are going to go F2P near the end of their life cycle. Eventually I think WoW will go F2P as well, unless Blizzard decides to kill the cash cow before it goes on life support. I wouldn't put it behind EA/Bioware to make it F2P eventually, but not any time soon.
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Voted 1+ year, because you never know what can happen 5 years down the road regarding MMO-business models. Don't hold your breath for SWTOR to go F2P anytime soon however.
Why do people always assume it takes so much money to make an mmo... The orignal reason they use to charge a monthly fee was because of server and bandwidth costs. As technology has gotten better both have become alot cheaper. If you look at what blizzard spends in there earning reports where it states costs, its minimal. It didn't even get a spot in the chart, it was just thrown in with maintenance costs I think it was. They will keep charging monthly fees as long as we keep paying them. And using the argument that B2P games are normally nowhere near as good... Guild Wars 2.
But SWTOR will be good either way. I plan on playing it mainly because I love star wars not because of gameplay, it could suck I would still wanna atleast try to "beat it". We will have to wait till release or we get beta keys to find out for ourselves though.
EA has yet to publish a F2P MMO to my knowledge, and I doubt they'd start with Swtor.
Norn Mesmer: GW2
Rattataki Sniper: SWTOR
This thread is actually insulting to post in...it's posed as a legit question masked in disguise. The people spent 150 million on this game and people expect it to go free to play soon...this isn't sony..this much more superior. I can't even began to discuss why they are different, and why this entire thread is just insulting.
Norn Mesmer: GW2
Rattataki Sniper: SWTOR
This thread has been created in order to start a flame war. Why the hell else would you ask such a thing?
Of lips of splendor and tongues of deceit
I think you have the scale wrong on your times... It should be more like 1-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 3+ years, Never...
If a game goes free to play in less than a year after starting with a monthly fee, you can pretty much say it's a complete failure... There have been tons of MMOs that have lasted more than a year with pay-to-play, if you can't last that long, you've done something seriously wrong (unless your model is to be free to play and sell gear/levels/etc in a store)...
I have zero opinion on SW:TOR, but I believe with certainty it won't go free-to-play with a year. EA isn't some startup that is just going to belly-up such a huge project... I know nothing of their development team, but it'd be a huge failure of EA if they let the game do that poorly - even Star Wars Galaxies (Sony) after such a poor start got a huge revamp to keep people paying a monthly fee for 7 years... and SWG is definitely not considered one of the better MMOs ever created...
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I don't play Nak anymore, I'm not on Kilrogg, and
I haven't played WoW seriously since the end of LK.
As a personal example, I was in the Star Trek Online beta and while I loved the ship combat (being a huuuuge Trek fan is probably a big factor there), the rest of the game was awful so I couldn't bring myself to pay for the game and a subscription. It's going free to play in January and I'll be taking the helm once more to have a bit of fun with the parts I enjoyed and not have to worry about it being a waste of my money. They may even get a little money out of me if there are some cool things to buy!
I honestly don't think Sony is a very good manager of games or least games that are meant to be around for years such as MMOs. Let's start with DCUO, the fact that Sony fragmented their player base by making two separate versions of the game and not allowing for cross platform play was a miss step on their part. Also I heard complaints that the service for PS3 and PC were not always on par with each other wasn't good either. Also DCUO has a rather low level cap that can be reached rather quickly and there wasn't a lot of content at the end game to justify that speed of leveling, plus I remember reading Sony saying they wanted to have monthly content updates which is something I don't believe they were able to keep to.
Now let's talk Everquest. I've never played EQ so on this account I'm very curious why there was an EQ2 made. How much do they differ? Whatever the case having two EQ games split up the player base there because if there is one thing I do know about EQ is that not everyone liked EQ2 so they stuck with original EQ.
Also there's Star Wars Galaxies, SWG came out before WoW opened up the flood gates to the MMO market, when WoW did this Sony responded by changing their game not once but twice. People didn't like the first change and left, but Sony for whatever reason thought it was a good idea to change the game even further which was also met with people leaving.
Finally you have that hacking incident that put Sony in hot water, I bet that hurt profits with their games.
Honestly, I don't think it will ever go F2P. But...
Sony half assed it and everyone knows it.
Bioware has put a lot of time and effort into this, they are aiming to make it last.
Sony.... who knows? I doubt they really thought it'd last that long. the support sounded shitty from the start.
I like the heroes genre, being a Marvel fan, and DC can be interesting .... but seeing what Sony did I just didn't care. I'm not going to get a game just because it has characters I like in it.
same here if this was just Star Wars, and wasn't made by Bioware would I care? most likely not. if it was made by Sony, definitely NOT.
I honestly believe that, eventually, every MMO will be F2P, or at least B2P. It will depend a lot on GW2's success (or lack of it).
It's like everyone completely forgot about Star Wars Galaxies.
True, totally different developers, but the fan base was still there, and it's only gotten weaker since.
I voted 7-10 months. That's usually how long it takes for people to get fed up when they realize that the patches imbalance the game and they're stuck facing the same boring enemies for eternity.
On top of that, can anyone really offer a good patch scenario that you can imagine being excited about? With WoW it was easy. Big dragon, king of the undead, giant elementals, etc. My ideas for Star Wars, though? A group of rancor could try destroying an entire civilization... ya know, while you're on another planet. Or an epic space battle... with autopilot that can't be turned off. Maybe another epic Sith/Jedi encounter? That'll be original.
It could be due to sheer ignorance of Star Wars Old Republic lore, but I don't think it's a stretch to assume people will easily get bored after 6 months of the same.
I dunno, just my 2 cents.
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