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Posted: Oct 28th 2010 2:13PM rchapoteau said

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Even with Champions Online being free I can't see playing it. Star Trek on the other hand might be a good free to play game.

Posted: Oct 28th 2010 2:16PM (Unverified) said

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I agree. Star Trek Online would be an excellent game to be Free To Play. I personally enjoyed the game, but I couldn't shelling out $49.99 (at one time) plus a monthly fee for a half-assed game.
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Posted: Oct 28th 2010 2:14PM (Unverified) said

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"He"? Who the heck call their ship a "he"? Traditionally ships are called "she". Nice ship though!

Posted: Oct 28th 2010 2:46PM Krystalle Voecks said

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I could be wrong, but I think he meant his character, not the ship.

That said, my car is most definitely a guy, so what do I know? hehe
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Posted: Oct 28th 2010 2:54PM Ironraptor said

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Before Cryptic can even consider making STO Free to Play they will have to renegotiate the contracts with CBS Studios before any changes in the pay model changes. And it could take months before both sides are able to agree on the final terms are.

Posted: Oct 28th 2010 3:46PM Ocho said

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That is very true there. CBS has to very much so approve everything they do. However, by making Champions f2p, my theory is that the streamlining process of making STO f2p will be that much easier. Part of me does want it to happen, as larger populations are always good, but part of me doesn't, because I already have a lifetime membership to it anyway (yes, I know... moment of weakness... but I do really, really like Star Trek and want it to succeed... and when it comes to updating their game, STO has had a rediculous amount of updates in a very short time, considering it only came out 8 months ago... and with the plans to completely overhaul sector space and the addition of the weekly episodes, I feel it can only go up, which it has so far).
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Posted: Oct 28th 2010 3:33PM (Unverified) said

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Doubtful that CBS will ever let them go F2P besides STO despite everything has a very healthy population..I mean Deepspace Nine looks like stormwind most nights, and I hear folks talk about buying LTS on a daily basis.

No right now STO is Cryptics cash cow, at least until Neverwinter is released.

Posted: Oct 28th 2010 3:49PM Tom in VA said

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Cryptic's Emmert has repeatedly admitted that both STO and CO were disappointments and that they (Cryptic) were surprised by how poorly both games were received, so I seriously doubt STO is anybody's "cash cow".

I actually think STO might prove to be a cashier cow, however, if they went F2P. If I were them, I'd do it by offering purchasable "content level block unlocks" (levels 5-10, 11-15, etc.), in addition to other types of MT transactions.

It took me a long while to get to Commander (the point at which I unsubscribed) in this game, just because of the type of game it is. It's the sort of game I only wanted to play a little now and again. Hence, I unsubscribed, since a subscription plan for a game like STO is just not cost-effective. As a F2P game, though, I think STO would be more successful.
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Posted: Oct 28th 2010 4:38PM Nintendesert said

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Setting it up so that subscribers get all the ships and levels while F2P players have to purchase every ship spare the baseline boring ship they're given would work. Along with tying in buying the next rank.

I'm sure it would get more people playing and then hooked and willing to pay for another ship or class of ship.

We'll see if they do it. I think CO is their test and in a few months we'll see STO follow if CO is successful.

Posted: Oct 28th 2010 7:44PM Superfan said

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You know a company is questionable when they offer lifetime subs ONLY before the actual game is properly launched. That is a HUGE red flag!

Craptic has shown some very poor business practices and have a bunch of idiots running their ship. I don't mind CoH and Paragon (the MMO I play from time to time) but even they seem a touch mickey mouse; poor communication and keeping your paying customer in the dark is just lame.

Anyway, Craptic is getting what they deserve. I am sure they will be in real trouble really soon!

Posted: Oct 29th 2010 5:06AM (Unverified) said

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Ummm ... lifetimes are still available and always have been. They just rose in price once the official launch arrived. So not really that much of a red flag.

Or are you saying that not offering monthly subscriptions prior to launch was the red flag (the wording is a little ambiguous)? I wouldn't think a subscription that could run out prior to launch would have been popular.
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Posted: Oct 28th 2010 7:00PM wondersmith said

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Well-implemented F2P plus the recently-announced user-generated content would definitely bring my friends and me to the game.

As for licensing, I imagine CBS is more concerned about content than business model. As long as they get their x% royalty, they probably don't care how it's earned--especially if the numbers will likely improve. Notice how Turbine was able to take LotRO and DDO F2P, both of which are licensed.

Posted: Oct 28th 2010 8:03PM JonBuck said

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CBS has to approve every ship design before they can put it in the game, among other things. They only really have access to content in the various series, up to Nemesis, and a bit from the recent reboot.

This adds another layer of bureaucracy which can slow down adding new content.
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Posted: Oct 28th 2010 8:39PM Drexel said

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There is a post in the STO forums regarding the CO F2P switch and how it relates to STO and the short answer is...it doesn't. That's not to say a F2P model isn't in there future but for now STO is doing just fine a sub + C-store title (according to Cryptic's post).

CO was always a lower population game and now they are going head to head with CoH Going Rogue which is a very well put together expansion for an already great game. Add on to that the very real and very close competition from DCUO (Hi Zenk!) and it's easy to see why the CO decision was made.

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