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.