Take a look around the traditional subscription MMO market. Notice anything unusual? That's right -- there aren't many games left that can really call themselves traditional sub games, and there are fewer still on the horizon. So many MMOs are going or have gone free-to-play or freemium in one form or another that traditionalists are left without many MMO safe havens -- and even most of those have given in to double-dipping microtransaction shops.
That makes us wonder which game will be the last
to convert fully to the modern Western-style F2P. Will Blizzard
be the lone holdout, refusing to turn the aging World of Warcraft
into a free-to-play MMO? Will it be a sandbox like Ultima Online
or EVE Online
, whose design mechanics discourage easy account creation? Or will a newer game like RIFT
or the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic
have more staying power? Which game will stay subscription-only until the bitter end?
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