Guild Wars 2 will co-exist with WoW, not compete with it or kill it
First thing is first I am NOT saying GW2 will not be successful, I am saying it isn't, and can't dethrone WoW but can co-exist with wow as it's own new kind of game.
First of all the no subscription fee deal means it can't beat WoW's subscriber base, because it has no subscriber base. Which is a great thing for GW2 why?
It lets people play WoW and GW2 at the same time, since most people only want to pay 1 subscription fee at a time. Unlike swtor, or rift which have the compete with wow to be successful, Gw2 can coexist with WoW and be successful. IT gives it an MMO feel, yet a single player game price.
Completely different game models.
Don't get me wrong, WoW has a great model and it works, and I enjoy it, but when other games copy the WoW model I just feel like, 'meh I should go play WoW, same thing." GW2 is done completely differently, and doesn't really have hardcore raiding like WoW would, so it provides and off-time for WoW players to do when they are done with raids, or waiting for new raids to come.
So honestly I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people play both Gw2 and WoW at the same time, like they might play LoL and WoW at the same time. Or WoW and Sc2 at the same time.
Guild Wars 2 won't take down WoW, but it can very easily be just as successful as WoW, and be king of it's own genre, while WoW reigns on it's genre. (F2P MMO genre and P2P MMO)
Yall arent getting the point, by that logic P2P MMOs shouldn't exist. You are saying GW2 will run WoW out of buisness, not going to happen, they are completely different games.
Think of LoL a COMPLETELY free game, yet does it run WoW out of buisness? No it doesn't.
That's because LoL is selling to a different demographic, GW2 and WoW are selling to the same (or at least a very similar) demographic. That being said, i still don't think WoW will be driven out of business, but it'll likely take a pretty large hit, especially with SWTOR being out now too.
Originally Posted by draykorinee
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Nothing will ever really kill off Warcraft until Blizzard closes all servers... actually, no. Because there are more free Warcraft servers than I think official ones. The factors that led to Warcraft being what it is today are not repeatable for other MMOs.
All games do compete for player dollars, however. Though even caring about this as a point of topic is kinda unnecessary. MMOs with far less success than Warcraft do not die- they run for years & years. Many even update and maintain a particular player base throughout those years.
Guild Wars 2 like The Old Republic, Rift, Aion, LoTRO or Age of Conan will do the same. Perhaps to greater or lesser success than the aforementioned.
it will compete with wow, as for killing it, that's another story.
there's a whole lot of existing MMOs running even though they don't have as many subs as wow.
as such, i doubt wow would ever "die" even if it ends up losing like 90% of its subs to swtor/rift/gw2/whatever-mmo-you-prefer.
the only way wow would actually die is because activision/bliz decides to.