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3-29-2012 @ 11:29AM
Do you think Blizzard is moving WoW towards a F2P model? A friend of mine quit playing about 3 months ago b/c he felt like they were moving it in that direction(allowing selling of pets brought from battle.net store to be sold in game, the change of the talent trees for MoP, and pet battles, these last two he feels like are geared toward younger players who can't afford sub) his theory is that they will make Wow F2p when Titan is finished and they're new money maker will be Titan.
3-29-2012 @ 11:37AM
That doesn't make sense, at all, and on a number of levels. As a bit of an example, I'm in several very large guilds, with people who are for the most part parents with jobs and a family of their own. A lot of them grew up on games like Pokemon and are ecstatic to see a lot of it making a comeback into their favorite hobby. I know I for one am excited for Pet Battles--for, if anything the turn-based strategy aspect of it.And from a more black-and-white perspective regarding money: WoW currently holds subscriber numbers heads and tails over any of the closest competitors. They would be shooting themselves in the foot majorly to make the biggest selling subscription-based MMO on the market into a f2p market on merely a hope on the popularity on a game that no one really knows anything about at this point. I'd be closer to thinking they would make Titan an f2p game rather than WoW any time soon.
3-29-2012 @ 11:38AM
No. Subs are prolly the #1 money maker from Blizzard right now. If WoW goes F2P, it will be when the game is, "pried from their cold, dead hands" essentially.
3-29-2012 @ 12:43PM
I would think Blizz would have to lose a hell of a lot of subscriptions before subscriptions became less lucrative than F2P. Right now they are still the most popular game out there (don't know if they fell below the 10.1 million subscriber number I last heard), but even if they fell to say (picking number at random here) 6 million, that would still be more than any other MMO.
3-29-2012 @ 3:24PM
I'm with raz on this one, and i'd also add these 2 points:1. A subscription-based MMO can make money with as little as 100,000 subscribers.2. Titan is being developed as a casual-friendly MMO, and is much more likely to be F2P than wow.
3-30-2012 @ 8:13AM
"Oh hey, here's this Mount Everest sized pile of money. Let's light it on fire."
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