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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 4:17PM Daeths said

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I know that TOR is doing well, but it seems odd to have two free weekends so close together. The must really want the subs. Is a quarter coming to a close and they want that extra little boos in the numbers they can report and make their stock holders happy? Thats the only reason i can think of.

Posted: Mar 20th 2012 4:27PM Softserve said

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@Daeths I suppose if they don't allow you to do use a pre-existing account or one you used in another free trial then there's really no reason to keep doing them forever.
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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 4:28PM real65rcncom said

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@Daeths no, they dont' really want the subs. They'd rather have the game go bankrupt. /sarcasm
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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 4:31PM Softserve said

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@Softserve Sorry -- mean no reason for them to NOT keep doing them forever.
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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 5:06PM Daeths said

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@real65rcncom wow, way to be a sarcastic idiot with a need to insult every one. Suppose being the first post i should expect to be the target of trolls, even fails like you. /whatever
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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 5:48PM (Unverified) said

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@Daeths

Even companies like Apple and McDonald's constantly advertise and have promotions from time to time. Nothing wrong with BW giving more people a taste of the game.
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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 6:56PM Cyclone Jack said

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@Daeths

My guess is that they are trying to do whatever they can to keep Mass Effect 3 out of any headlines. One big way to do that is to keep TOR *IN* the headlines, by any means.
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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 7:02PM Joaquin Crowe said

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@Softserve Well, enterprising gamers could be enticed people to make a whole new account to try another class -- thus inflating account numbers
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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 7:56PM Anatidae said

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@Softserve Agree. There really is no harm in having free trials after free trials. If it works...
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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 3:38PM (Unverified) said

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@Daeths

"...but it seems odd to have two free weekends so close together."

They know they lost people after the first month for a variety of reasons, and have released a large patch that hopefully will fix some of the concerns. It makes sense to get people back to see if they like the new changes enough to subscribe again.

~Vaish
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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 4:22PM Imrar said

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Sweet. :)

Posted: Mar 20th 2012 4:31PM Deliverator said

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Please don't flame me - I'm just wondering if it is a coincidence that SWTOR's free weekends coincide with Tera's betas?

Posted: Mar 20th 2012 6:19PM J45neoboy said

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@Deliverator

Doubt it. While it'll have an impact, I would think the more hyped games such as Guild Wars 2 and The Secret World will have an impact. And for your reference, I'm not a Guild Wars 2 fanboy. Not even gonna get the game till it comes down in price(Too involved with TOR), just saying hehe
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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 7:14PM Deliverator said

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@J45neoboy

Thanks for the level answer. I'm just asking because I'm having a surprising amount of fun with the Tera beta. It's polished and the combat was fun. Just wonder if anyone else thought it might be a factor making them nervous.

1.7 million subs is an enormous success so it doesn't jive for me that they'd be doing free anything. EA isn't known for their humanitarianism.
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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 4:35PM Ref Minor said

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Numbers dropping.
Fear in the Suits there be.

Posted: Mar 20th 2012 4:37PM TortoiseCan said

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It'd be nice to offer this to previous subscribers. I assumed this was the case and tried logging in over the weekend. They should take a hint from Rift and offer previous players free time to play the game again, - it's not triggered me to resub to rift yet but it at least keeps me interested in the game.

Posted: Mar 20th 2012 4:51PM Lenn said

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@TortoiseCan That's something they should do when the big patch hits.
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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 5:09PM (Unverified) said

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@TortoiseCan
Yeah, there's no point in offering weekend trials to previous subscribers because nothing's changed. The exact same circumstances that caused people to unsubscribe will still be there. Patch 1.2 is a big one, and wouldn't be surprised if Bioware offers a trial weekend to everyone then.

This coming weekend trial is a puzzle, tho. They've already put out the 7-day friend recruitment and the previous weekend trial. This just seems rather desperate.
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Posted: Mar 20th 2012 4:41PM Daemodand said

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Good things happen when you lower the barriers to entry. The few remaining p2p games are slowly figuring that out.

Posted: Mar 20th 2012 11:57PM Machineman said

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@Daemodand Anyone can lower prices and go "free to play" - it's not hard.

But the companies should be trying to innovate and garnering subs that way... they've got it backwards.
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