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Thread: Free to play model is not suitable for World of WarCraft says Blizzard

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    Default Free to play model is not suitable for World of WarCraft says Blizzard

    Free to play model is not suitable for World of WarCraft says Blizzard

    With over 10 million people paying $15 a month, we tend to agree

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    Just because they aren't free to play doesn't mean they don't have microtransactions. The pet/mount store has been getting some attention of late and one has to wonder if this whole new battle-pet system is an opportunity to increase the pet store profits significantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOnk View Post
    one has to wonder if this whole new battle-pet system is an opportunity to increase the pet store profits significantly.
    yeah it seems like they are just adding a new udder to their cash cow...
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    They make way too much cash with the amount of players they have and in game transactions so theres no need for it to be free to play.

    Milking it for all its worth

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    With over 10 million people paying $15 a month, we tend to agree
    Hard to disagree with a working formula, and it also looks like their consistently improving this formula through thier other micro transactions stated above :|, Blizzard sure looks like it is in a good position right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOnk View Post
    Just because they aren't free to play doesn't mean they don't have microtransactions. The pet/mount store has been getting some attention of late and one has to wonder if this whole new battle-pet system is an opportunity to increase the pet store profits significantly.
    Agree, but must say that it must be one of the poorest stocked online-shops ever. They could make millions if they just add more content.
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    Everyone seems to forget the reason most of these games go free to play. WOW has a monopoly on the MMO genre. Most of the MMO folk play WOW, getting them away from WOW requires them to give games away for free. The trend is not making free-to-play games but making pay-to-play games, not making money and going F2P.

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    Didn't WOW just go free for the first 20 levels?

    I wonder if they reimbursed everyone who paid to play for their first 20 levels?

    I play DDO which is free to play, but I have ended up spending money to get map packs (they put all the good items on the paid for maps)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarthon View Post
    Didn't WOW just go free for the first 20 levels?
    Yes it is ... but honestly speaking, you can't do much with that. Almost nothing in fact. And there are so many limitations at play. Basically they hope it gives people enough of a taste that they sign up and start paying.

    But frankly speaking, they can't shift to a F2P model because WoW is probably their biggest constant money-spinner right now. I wouldn't be suprised if it generated more than half the company's annual revenue.

    But given how things are moving, I'm thinking that the forced premium's model is on its way out the door - and EA and Star Wars might have jumped into the game a bit late - gamers have started to experience what f2p games actually can offer them and are probably going to wisen up a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowfox View Post
    Yes it is ... but honestly speaking, you can't do much with that. Almost nothing in fact. And there are so many limitations at play. Basically they hope it gives people enough of a taste that they sign up and start paying.
    Level 20 can be achieved within 2 hours, even by an inexperienced player.
    Levelling itself only starts to suck up time at around level 50. Then it slows down a lot to 58-60 (Depending when you decide to go to Outlands). Outlands is ok, but not by a hell of a lot. Northrend levelling (68-78) is EXTREMELY fast, with Catclysm coming out rather average.

    All in all, just in perspective - My recorded times for a new character shortly after Cataclysm release (all reported times in PLAYED time, limited to no resting exp):
    1-60: -16 hours
    60-70: +9 hours
    70-80: +5 hours
    80-85: -13 hours (I slacked bigtime here!)

    Total /played reported time at reaching level 85: 1 days, 19 hours, 17 minutes, 48 seconds.
    In real life lapsed time, this was done within one week. I think it was 5 or 6 days...

    For blizz to go F2P... they would have to drag that time-frame out to ridiculous lengths for them to make any amount of real money, by keeping players in the leveling-stream for longer.

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