Sunday, August 5, 2012

Now I'll Play It


Most of you heard last week that Star Wars The Old Republic is going free to play.  This really isn't a surprise since their subscriber numbers have slowly been dwindling.  At this point it's hard for any quest based MMO to have a subscription model since they're immediately competing with World of Warcraft and it's 8 years of expansions and polish.  Even if that game has a huge intellectual property, like Star Wars, behind it.

When SWTOR was released I said that the only way I would play it is if they dropped the subscription.  Now that there will be no subscription I will most definitely be playing.  I don't know how much I'll like it, but I'll give the game a try.  I really enjoy Bioware RPGs and would have loved for SWTOR to have just been a new single player RPG when it released.  I never thought that it needed to actually enter the MMO space.  If they had made KOTOR 3 I would have bought it on release day.

Anyway, you can find all sorts of commentary about what SWTOR going F2P means, so I won't spend time diving into an analysis.  I'll just say that I'm happy they've finally caught up to modern online financial models.

3 comments:

  1. Since the moment I saw SWTOR I couldn't help but think, "why would I pay a subscription for a single player game?" I'm glad they're going F2P. It means I'll play it.

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    1. Yeah, it really feels like a single player game. I think a big part of it is their emphasis on story. Usually single player games are about story and MMOs are about multiplayer interaction. I always thought it was a weird choice for them to make this game an MMO.

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  2. ...I'll just second everything you guys said here.

    ...and add that they would have earned some money from me if they released it as a KOTOR sequel. As it is, I'll probably just play it for free. Seems like an odd business move.

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