View Poll Results: When do you think will WoW go free to play?

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  • After the expansion after WoD

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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Kuja View Post
    Funny how some people think wow won't go F2P if subs drop below 1 mil. It's inevitable, just not anytime soon!
    it has almost 8 million subs at 15 bucks a month. it made 500 million last year in the store. its not going f2p anytime soon

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    I think Blizzard can have a profitable pay to play WoW as long as they adjust their content release schedule to something more friendly to monthly subscribers.

  3. #23
    Do you think the world is going to end tomorrow? You whys well of asked a question like that.

  4. #24
    "Never" is a silly option that either comes from naivety or the opinion that "if it comes to that, they'll simply close up shop." The only realistic one is "Later than that."
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  5. #25
    Why would they ever go free to play? Final Fantasy XI still isn't free to play, despite launching before world of warcraft. Rift, Tera, TOR, these games went free to play at the least partially because of not having their next thing in the works. Blizzard is still working with Titan, deciding how it will be and obviously confident they have the time to make it right with taking it back to the design phase.

    Candidly, I always assume that when people bring up the topic of wow being free to play is because they don't want to pay a subscription, but want to play wow.

  6. #26
    They'll do it when it stops being profitable and not a moment before that.

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Kuja View Post
    Funny how some people think wow won't go F2P if subs drop below 1 mil. It's inevitable, just not anytime soon!
    I'm pretty sure they stated that with 0 money from the store/services the sub model is better until a bit under 1mil subs. And I'm pretty sure Blizzard (and most companies for that matter) know better than forum people and they have the data to back it up.

    Also the services+store made 213mil. They had a third of Riot's profits without the sub fee... there's absolutely no reason to go F2P.
    Last edited by Ichifails; 2014-03-18 at 02:18 AM.

  8. #28
    I seriously doubt they would do F2P. B2P maybe but never F2P. It doesn't help that most people are unable to distinguish the difference between the models.

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  10. #30
    Nope...not anytime soon. Even after all these years WoW is still king of mmo's and prolly will be for a long time to come.If some one comes in here and says "input name" is gonna be the wow killer I will literally roll out of my chair laughing..we have heard that shit one too many times.

  11. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by Furell View Post
    Don't you think they will do anything with the garrisons? I'm almost a 100% sure they will.
    I agree with you. I think we're going to see race specific cosmetic garrisons pop up on the cash shop. I also think they're going to put the current race alternatatives, eg. Mag'har Orcs, Wildhammer Dwarves, etc. will end up as a pay feature, not one they do for the players.

    I personally do think it will go free to play at some point, but I have no idea when it will be. The only thing I'm sure of is that it will go free to play, when the cash shop items make more profit then the subs do. How soon that is, no idea though, because we don't know how many people are paying a monthly sub, and how many are paying a different model.

  12. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by Furell View Post
    Blizzard isn't crazy, and they know they can't keep charging this kind of money for a more then 10 year old game forever.
    Why can't they? people are paying it, they still have the biggest numbers in the industry by far.

    Those free to play games wish they could charge $15 per month!

  13. #33
    "Maybe" if the subs drop to around 1-2 million, but who knows if and when that will happen. WoW has a massive fan base of hardcore players that will play no matter what. I think Blizzard can and will charge a monthly fee forever. It's just that when it does start to drop more, they will one day lessen the monthly fee.

  14. #34
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    As others have said, it's doubtful that WoW will go FTP as long as there's a healthy sub. base. (and despite what these forums may have you believe, 6-7mil, hell, even 5 mil. is a very healthy sub. base). I could honestly only see WoW going F2P if subs dropped below 1mil. which seems to be the industry standard for the point at which FTP becomes viable. (Most sub based MMOs that went FTP happened at about this point.)

    They also have no incentive, as looking at the market trends shows that most sub-based MMOs that went FTP retained a small niche audience, and eventually fade into forgotten depths of the internet. (I.e. When was the last time you heard anything from Aion?). To my knowledge there has never been a sub-based MMO that had any success at all going FTP, I would say SW:TOR was the closest and even that has just kind of stagnated. Basically, as long as the sub-based model is profitable to them, FTP will never happen, since, judging by trend in the market, the best a FTP game can hope for is basically breaking even.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KClovesGaming View Post
    "Maybe" if the subs drop to around 1-2 million, but who knows if and when that will happen. WoW has a massive fan base of hardcore players that will play no matter what. I think Blizzard can and will charge a monthly fee forever. It's just that when it does start to drop more, they will one day lessen the monthly fee.
    Even with say, 2million active players, that's still $360m a year from subs, if you assume they are paying for an entire year of subs, at 15$ a month. It's highly unlikely WoW would go F2P even with 1million action players.
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  16. #36
    My guess would be when Titan is released, or shortly before that.
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  17. #37
    The number of subs will have to drop a lot further before they'll try F2P with heavier cash shop items. It'll probably end up kinda like SWTOR. The free version will have limits some people will find horribly restrictive and they'll pay the sub to keep playing like they used to, others will accept the suck and play the free version, and there will be plenty of attractive items and things to drain away at their pocketbooks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furell View Post
    So first of all I'm not a troll. I've always thought WoW going free to play wouldn't happen anytime soon. But if you think about it, it's going to look like maybe they are working towards that point. Blizzard isn't crazy, and they know they can't keep charging this kind of money for a more then 10 year old game forever. If you look at their newest games like Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm it's clear they are aiming for a payment model that is free, but with optional microtransactions.
    I'm not too familiar with Heroes of the Storm, but Hearthstone is just such a completely different game. It is a game that lends itself to micro-transactions, not a sub fee. I don't think we can read anything into that beyond, "Blizzard are smart enough to realise what profit schemes fit games".

    People have been predicting the "death of WoW" since pre-BC, since we were waiting for Burning Crusade. They've also been predicting things like this - WoW going F2P, WoW charging more/less, etc, etc.

    It's all just random guessing and borne of some insane idea that just because WoW is not as popular as it was at its peak, it's suddenly "in trouble" and the sky is falling.
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  19. #39
    Quote Originally Posted by Furell View Post
    So first of all I'm not a troll.
    Why NOT mon?

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    World of Warcraft is a game that will probably will be born as Monthly pay and die as a monthly pay.

    Atleast how i see it.
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