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Posted: Oct 27th 2011 11:53AM chrisredfield31 said

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@(Unverified) he's bringing up both because that is what Blizzard is doing. They are making money off of subscription fees as well as optional paid services. Usually on a free to play game, you would only make money off of optional paid services.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:13AM Verus said

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Yeah if they go down another 2-3M subs with GW2 and SWTOR they will change their minds.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 2:18PM (Unverified) said

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@Verus not really, if they lose another 3m subscribers with gw2 and swtor they'll still have over 8m subscribers.

a subscription model that big with micro transactions (pets, mount outfits?) most likely will be more profitable than a f2p.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:18AM real65rcncom said

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"F2P not right for WoW" (right now)


Just seems like this was missing somehow...

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 11:38AM Gawdfather said

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@real65rcncom To be honest, That's what I expected the body of the article to be.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:31AM (Unverified) said

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theyll go f2p in decenber when starwars comes out and blows em away:P
course therell be people who play wow for so many yrs itll suck but thats cause they fiends:P

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:49AM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) No, they won't. You are forgetting that they are expanding into China now.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:52AM Lucidus said

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@(Unverified) They'll get most of those subs back in 2-4 months after all the content is blown through.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2011 11:40AM Gawdfather said

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@Lucidus And wow will lose those after a month or two.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:39AM Space Cobra said

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Interesting interview all around.
Morhaime definitely seems to give a good Blizzard interview, showing they still have their head on their shoulders.

Of course, the reality could be anyone's guess, but I still would think, Blizzard is doing what they think is right and surviving/thriving.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:42AM hami83 said

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When the WoW starts losing it's subscriber base en mass they'll change their tune to F2P.

When will that be? .. Who knows. Years probably.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:47AM Chiren said

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Captain Obvious strikes again.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:50AM Dumac said

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How much would it cost for the paying player base to support millions of f2p players? I'm not sure the model is viable with a game this big. I wouldn't risk finding out.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:50AM Ocho said

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F2P is all about population. Small population paying a high sub = $, but High population paying less, but still paying also = $. WoW already has a massive population, and they're all paying a high sub. Of COURSE there's no reason they should or even want to go F2P right now.

They did add the side cash shop, though, and are starting to get into the realm of RMT (through pets, though, so its not a gigantic step), so they are positioning themselves for an easier transition to a F2P model... but it will never happen as long as their population numbers stay high.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:56AM toychristopher said

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that is a really funny picture of mike morhaime.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 11:19AM Harley Dude said

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WoW could lose 80% of their subs and still be the #1 Western MMO, and still be highly profitable with a subscription model. F2P is for P2W and failed P2P MMOs.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 11:24AM 3dpenguin said

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Blizz should just stick a fork in WoW... its done... Fist they are reducing the size of expansions, now they are reducing the content with these stupid pandas and then "stream lining" the talent tree, more like stupid-fying. Next step server and realm mergers, and that is the final sign of a failing game.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 11:26AM donweel said

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They have made their money, I am sure they are happy just to let it wind down while they throw in the odd new thing. It will eventually die like other older games. They are probably already working on World of Warcraft II or Titan whatever it will be.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 11:40AM nimzy said

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If you look at the article's image really quickly, it looks like Morhaime is flipping you off.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 11:43AM Gawdfather said

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I can see wow Losing upto 20% of their N.A. Player base in the next year. Just a guess. The odd thing is how the talking heads Now swear Pandas were always meant to be serious. When do we get the guitar hero class?

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