idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Honestly, I can't help but feel that "Free to play" is a little untruthful. Yes, the game is going F2P--but honestly I would call this system P2E--pay to enjoy.
Yeah, totally agree. It's really more of an expanded trial than anything else. I won't be surprised either if many returning players find F2P annoyingly restrictive and quickly jump ship again. Whereas there's serious doubts as to whether or not it will really bring in many subscriptions for new players (really wouldn't they likely be playing already by this point? ) I see people playing maybe, but I can't imagine playing the game to any semi-serious degree without a subscription.
Really it seems more like another "bonus" to subscribers more than anything else. We get new shiny stuff to unlock, and new ways to unlock old shiny stuff; new content as well. Everyone else gets an annoying play option which restricts them from accessing most of the goodies. Because, like you said, F2P/preferred people aren't going to want to spend the money (and probably will have more trouble getting the credits with profession limitations) to access much of the new shiny stuff. Whether that gets them to subscribe or causes them to just quit altogether isn't something I'd like to wager on.
Either way though, I think people will at least give it a go. Population is already up on my server over the last week (were 200+ people on Imperial fleet (2) at 11pm ST last night ). How long they actually stick around is debatable though. I'm afraid things have been over-hyped again, and that's not going to sit well with an already jaded returning population who saw the game over-hyped once. If it doesn't degrade the existing community though I see it being a plus for their current subscribers. You don't really hear people in-game saying "F2P better be awesome or else," so to speak (at least I don't...). Many of them seem to be more like you, have already unsubscribed and are just waiting on the sidelines to see what happens. From a subscriber POV though, more content is good, and this is bring some.
Just wish there were more carrots and less sticks out there for the rest of you all.
Edited, Nov 13th 2012 1:05pm by someproteinguy