World of Warcraft Staying with Subscription Model
The recent shift of so many MMORPGs to the free-to-play model can be viewed as a good sign. The switch to F2P was a way to help steady the ship of a lower performing MMO, but that is no longer the case. There are still subscription-based MMOs, but the number of those is not as high as it once was. Some people have been hoping World of Warcraft would lose the subscription due to the immense success Blizzard has enjoyed with it, but that does not appear to be the case. Blizzard has stated it will not turn World of Warcraft into a free-to-play MMO, but did not entirely rule out the possibility. In a way, there is already an F2P version of WoW thanks to the unlimited free trial, but overall Blizzard is happy with the subscription model. Other MMOs, most notably RIFT and Star Wars: The Old Republic, are competing with WoW, but it looks like the subscriptions are here to stay. If Blizzard keeps losing players between expansions and to Star Wars: The Old Republic, like it believes, then perhaps the stance could change. Until then, WoW players should keep those credit cards handy.