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6-30-2010 @ 1:05PM
@Golis: Free doesn't directly have to mean introducing a ton of godly weapons like that. Instead I feel Blizzard might already be experimenting with different offers on as to how to monetize their products.For example for WoW they introduced the cash shop features quite some time ago, and are slowly filling it up with more. At first it was the more general accepted features such as realm changes, name changes, etc. Then it became race changes and class changes. Ingame pets started to be sold, then even a mount went on sale. Added to that they're selling remote auction house access these days and thinking about adding remote mail support to that.Premium services, which if used plenty enough can bring in quite a nice share of cash. Maybe one day replace the need for a specific WoW alone subscription.Next to that, they're introducing newer games. In Korea for one SC2 and WoW will share the same monthly sub if you want. Sub for WoW and get to play SC2 for free. Even though SC2 would require no subbing if you don't want it to, the idea of combining is interesting.In a couple of years after all Blizzard shall release their second MMO, a combined subscription could give them a headstart amongst the other players. To Blizzard it'll make little difference, the income all goes to them, and since most only play 1 MMO it doesn't matter whether they cut them off from one of their game or keep them in on both. You will most likely only be spending server time on one at a time, so additional load won't be so much of an issue.If they stretch that out enough over multiple games within their catalogue they will increase their steady flow of cash, whilst each specific game of theirs is technically approaching near free to play standards. 1 game for 15 a month vs 2 or 4 games a month for 15 makes quite the difference to the consumer after all, but to Blizzard it'll matter very little. Keep in mind that box products might be missing, but the return on each sold box in the store for Blizzard is squat compared to those monthlies.
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