An article about the situation of some importants MMO (WoW, The Old Republic, DC Universe, Ghost Recon Online) to understand why or why not The Elder Scrolls Online should be Free-to-play
Yeah, it should be.
I hope they go the NCsoft route Buy it and play forever. Knowing Zenimax it will P2P
Zenimax are pretty inexperienced with the games industry. Yeah they have Bethesda but Zenimax themselves have shown utter incompetence in being able to manouvre the games industry. From suing Notch because they thought gamers would end up buying his game instead of Skyrim to holding Obsidian to a ridiculous bonus standard centred on metacritic they've always had more of a movie centric approach because they are a more generic media company at heart. And as a company without gaming at the centre, i.e. as a company that doesn't get the industry, they will look at WoW and try to ape it in an attempt to achieve its success. They won't recognize the trends and patterns that define the industry they'll just take a bog standard business approach to it... and that approach says subscription model because that's the wet dream of ANY industry, let alone games.
Unfornately it will have the same fate as SWTOR.. it has the Hero Engine and it focuses is on PVP RIP.. HERO ENGINE + PVP = FAILURE
I think that is going to happen same as DC Universe Online. A year or perhaps a little more of paid suscription, and then F2P...
Subscription-based or not, it doesn't matter to me. Odds are I won't be playing it either way. I think the better business decision would be go to either the 'buy once and play forever' route, or as a "free to play" game. They need something to give them an edge over the over-priced subscriptions that World of Warcraft and The Old Republic requires.
i think it should be f2p they will still make money when people want to upgrade certain stuff and have to buy items for in the world.
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