sifter132 wrote:If the most expensive MMO ever made is going free after less than a year, I'd be surprised if other MMOs will be able to hold up with their subscription models for long eg. Secret World would probably go free after GW2, WoW expansion come out in the next couple of months. It will change the business model for good I would think.
I doubt it, the problem isn't the subscription models, it's the fact that you can't release an unfinished MMO anymore and expect people to pay for it just based on wishes and fairy kisses.
The base mechanics in SWTOR were fine but the map design was terrible and prohibited world pvp, there was no LFG tool (browsing a player list is 1998 **** and doesnt count) and the end game content had no long levity. They put too much time and money into cinematics and voice acting which 9/10 people just read and skip through after the first few levels anyway, if you release a game in 2012 that doesn't have 6+ months of end game content in it for the average user ON LAUNCH then you're going to fail... simple as that.
It doesn't help that the orange gear just removes peoples reason to play, within a week of hitting max level I looked exactly the way i wanted to look and it was just a case of farming raids till I got the barrels etc I needed to put in my orange gear.
Every time there's one of these threads people shoot me down for blaming the orange gear but that's at least 50% of why the game failed, I remember many an occasion in WoW/Eq2/Lineage 2 where I (as a newbie) was running around and saw a max level go running by with something shiny and said "OH MY GOD, THAT ##### IS AWESOME.... I MUST HAVE THAT!!!" but i don't remember it ONCE from SWTOR, their "customization" just reduced all gear to a **** numbers game because half the players were wearing low level orange gear with high level mods because the preferred the look.
The map design and itemization was just terrible for an MMO and you can 100% blame it on Star Wars geek developers getting to live their fantasy without someone with a brain to reign them in. How long did they think my smuggler would be using pistols for before I lost my **** because I was sick of one weapon type? How long did they think they could introduce new colours of lightsaber before the jedi got bored?