Subscription Fees Do Not Fit MMOs, According to ArenaNetCategory: Gaming
Posted: August 2, 2012 01:22PM
There has been an incredible shift recently from subscription-based MMOs to free-to-play titles, with some major games counted among them. PlanetSide 2, Age of Conan, EverQuest, and most recently Star Wars: The Old Republic are all F2P or soon will be (plus plenty more too numerous to fit), with few subscription-only MMOs still operating. ArenaNet global brand manager Chris Lye believes the subscription fees do not fit MMOs in many cases. He says developers need to look long and hard at susbcription fees to see if it will help the game be successful, and it does not often fit. Lye says there could be a game where a subscription works, but he has not heard of one yet. World of Warcraft is still making money as a subscription-based MMO, however Lye sees that as one of the few exceptions.
ArenaNet's upcoming Guild Wars 2 has no monthly subscription, but it will require a one-time purchase just like the first game. It arrives on the PC on August 28.