Episode 131 - "And on That Bombshell" of the Darth Hater Podcast is now live. Check the bottom of the post for the stream and download links. Podcast notes after the jump.
Patch Notes 1.3.4a
EA Q1 FY Earnings Call
New Free to Play Details
Free to Play: A Closer Look
Open Forum: Free to Play
HASSE0: I’ve lost alot of faith in bioware from this, I’m going to have a serious think if this game should have my time or money anymore. I might give it to the end of the year but if it looks like it’s going P2W like all over F2P mmos are, I’m out.
user_556698: The old school gamer in me hates this. I don’t want my game to be full of free loading griefers. I don’t want my game to feel like a cash grab. However when I sit down and think about it F2P is the future of the mmo. If a game like TOR can’t survive on purely subscription based player population then what mmo can? It is only a matter of time before the likes of RIFT and TSW go F2P and I would be shocked if Elder Scrolls Online launched without a F2P option. Lets face it folks as much as I hate it this is the way its going to be. The economy has changed, people are no longer willing to pay monthly subscriptions for games. The younger facebook generation embraces F2P. They had to do something with GW2 and Panda’s coming out. I will stick around to see what happens however the minute it goes Pay to win I am done.
FlukeAirwalker: What SWTOR is offering right now isn’t worth $15/month (even though I’m paying for it), it’s definitely not going to be worth that much after the game goes F2P in the future. How can they justify sticking to the same monthly price while offering a small subset of the whole experience? EA/Bioware seriously needs to consider lowering the price if they want anyone at all to continue paying for a subscription. Because if they couldn’t give 40% of their subscribers $15/month worth of content under a subscription model, I highly doubt they’re going to be able to provide $15/month worth of content under a F2P model.
syllepsis: If I am going to need to buy Cartel Coins and Subscribe in order to keep playing the way I want to play, then I’m just going to walk away. If the cartel coins are just going to give me cosmetic perks and I will be able to do everything I want with just a subscription, then I’ll keep my subscription active. If F2P brings more active players into the community, then that’s great. But all I see is a bunch of ifs… need to see how this will all play out.
Noxul: I’m still a subscriber, and will probably remain one for a while yet, depending on the ability of BioWare to push out meaningful content. What the game does need, is some form of sandbox to keep people entertained beyond running the same daily quests over and over. The mistake of making the gear ladder for Hard Mode Flashpoints and Operations so easy to scale is one major issue the game needs to rethink and redo with any coming patches.
camelotcrusade: With F2P, at least you can do your waiting for free. But without micro-transactions how are they going to make any money?
Jobeleca: Don’t make another Cryptic mistake of distracting developers with the constant focus on lame gimmicks to bring in cash. I’m ok with offering legacy benefits for cash alternative to game currency ($1 per 100k credits would be fair to me) so long as it doesn’t result in enormous price hikes. That said, I would have been all for nixing the box cost and introducing cash options for legacy stuff to make up the difference, but given how severely I was burned by Cryptic’s F2P move I am leery of what is coming.
Technine808 on Twitter: I just read that. As a new MMORPGer I’m excited to hear this so I can get into the game without the hassle of a monthly fee
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