MMO Extinction Level Event
December 15, 2011 7:04 PM Subscribe
"The subscription model is dead."
posted by tastyhat (104 comments total)
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says John Smedley, head of Sony Online Entertainment, and creator of EverQuest.
Are people willing to pay $15 per month to play a computer game that isn't endorsed by Mr. T
? Bioware is betting a rumored $135 million, the most ever spent on a video game, that the answer is yes. Star Wars: The Old Republic
launches on December 20th.
Unlike the last Star Wars MMO
, which started off de-emphasizing Jedi, and emphasizing a player-run economy, the new one is basically WoW With Lightsabers
. Nearly one million preorders in the US alone suggest a hit...
...but the MMO landscape is littered with games that had initial spikes of attention, but failed to capture subscribers and converted to free to play, such as: LOTRO
Almost every game that's gone free to play has reported substantial revenue increases
, but can you really make your initial investment back selling pet boars
? This all comes at a time when the big blockbuster AAA computer game appears to be undersiege from piracy
, iPhone games
, and social games