this. Seriously, EA learning from the competition? Good one.
EA isn't even learning from EA circa 2007
Level 85 (WoW) Rogue, Mage, Priest, Hunter, Warlock, Warrior, Death Knight, Paladin, Druid, Shaman
Level 80 (GW2) Thief
Level 60 (NWO) Rogue, GW Fighter, (Rift) Rogue,
Level 50 (Swtor) Agent, Warrior, Knight, Inquisitor, Trooper, Consular, Smuggler, Hunter
15/15 Battleframes (Firefall)
Only negative bit I've noticed after F2P Option was released was the vast increase of internet douches. It wont hurt them to lose their account, so they pretty much go all in on general chat with immature bullcrap. And ofcourse, ruins it for the other bit of F2P who actually play for fun.
Many of them will and are allowed to join warzones with little to no knowledge. Thats what some people are having a hard time understanding. They expect everyone who joins a warzone to know everything head on, and blame them for the loss. I've seen quite a few level 12 Sith inquisitors with no runspeed buff running mindless around a warzone, it doesnt mean we automaticly can call it a loss, both sides have them, and in some cases, they have done good by luring Pubs away from turrets and the likes so I could snag them \o
As for the lack of a run speed buff, I assume you mean sprint? If so, blame BioWare for locking free players out of that ability until 15.
"Heresy is like a garden weed, it won't stop feeding until you... BURN THE WHOLE DAMN GARDEN WITH A FLAMER, BURN IT, BURN IT TO HELL!!!!!" "Is there a wittle puppy in the garden? ITS A DAEMON! BURN IT!"
In EVE, that's part of the game though. It's a cutthroat game as you say. SWTOR, is not. SWTOR also hasn't been a growing game, while EVE has been. SWTOR also had more development, and likely more operating, costs. EVE is apparently attracting new players just fine for the size of the game, while SWTOR is in need of new blood.