Even in an era of extreme free-to-play proliferation, the subscription
model isn't dead. There are still plenty of sub-only titles chugging on (EVE Online
) and many of the so-called "F2P" titles are really hybrids that also allow the option to subscribe.
Subscriptions are what many of us MMO gamers grew up on, and for some they're still comforting to use. For $15 or less a month, players can bypass F2P restrictions, earn additional store currency, and access the game's full content without a care in the world. Studios are now treating subscribers better, almost like royalty, because the subscribers represent loyalty and a steady income in an increasingly competitive market.
So do you still subscribe to an MMO, and if so, what? Do you feel like you get your money's worth every month?
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