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11-14-2011 @ 11:13AM
There are plenty of free to play games out there, too, or pay MMOs that don't have an up-front cost (e.g. EVE Online -- if you play through the free trial and decide to become a paying subscriber, you just start subscribing and paying the monthly fee, no big box to buy or other huge upfront cost at the start).
11-14-2011 @ 11:20AM
I think only asking for one box purchase would do a lot to bring in new players, even to the MMO genre. I feel it would offset any publishing losses, but there's a significant number of assumptions in such a statement.
11-14-2011 @ 11:21AM
I'm curious how many old players would come back. If you left during Burning Crusade, you're looking at purchasing Wrath, Cataclysm, and now MoP in order to try things out again.
11-14-2011 @ 12:34PM
I really have to agree with Alex on the update thing - when you buy the current xpac, you should get the entire game. I think it's fair to make people already subscribed to pay retail for the next xpac (since you can argue it's an entirely new game), but it will get extremely prohibitive to bring in new people without that system.Also, allowing new accounts access to the full game with just buying the current xpac will allow multiboxers an easier time to do what they do (and this would also likely boost sub numbers).
11-15-2011 @ 9:56AM
@LoopIt would be interesting, however I doubt I will come back now. Too many things I personally dont like starting to crop up etc etc, and the main reason was it wasnt being fun for me anymore, it was the continual daily grinds that felt like another job that did it for me.The boxes are the least of my worries in that sense. Personally I feel that the percieved age of the game, with both upfront costs AND subsciptions - and extras if you so choose to buy them, means people think they are buying an old old game for a lot of money thats going to keep sucking the money out of their pocket. In the current economic environment it is not very attractive to prospective buyers. Reducing the upfront cost will help in the fact that people will decide to try it - as it doesnt cost too much to start.
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