Slow News Day

Man. If only there was, like, something interesting going on the world of gaming. You know, some tidbit of under-reported MMO news or some noteworthy announcement that happened in the last 24 hours or so. If it could demonstrate my somewhat embarrassing lack of forecasting abilities, that would be great too.

So, yeah, SWTOR going F2P.

Less than 1 million subs now, but totally “well over” 500k, aka the event horizon of the money hole. There is not much else to say that has not been said in a dozen other blogs in your RSS, although I am inclined to point to Green Armadillo’s analysis over at Player Vs Developer for one-stop shopping; I agree with basically everything the dasypodidae said. Especially the confusion as to how a F2P model is supposed to work when the stuff being pay-gated is probably what the vast majority of players don’t care about, e.g. endgame.

My contribution to the discussion, such as it is, will be the following:

A fine company with a long history of good decision-making.

In other news, I finished Dead Island over the weekend, and just completed Orcs Must Die 2 mere hours ago, having played the entire Story-mode in co-op. Official reviews of both and others will be forthcoming. Then again… maybe not. The recent Steam Summer Sale haul included the following:

  • Crusader Kings 2
  • The Walking Dead
  • Prince of Persia Complete Pack
  • The Longest Journey + Dreamfall
  • Arma 2 (aka DayZ)
  • 2K Collection (aka Spec Ops: the Line, Civ5, Darkness 2)
  • …and a truly embarrassing amount of indie games

I almost pre-purchased Borderlands 2 since it was $40 via Dealzon, before I realized that I am addicted to the thought of getting deals on videogames more than the actual playing thereof. At least, that is the only possible conclusion looking at my (digital) library. I was feeling kinda bummed out at letting the Borderlands 2 deal slip away though – while it was never supposed to be a sort of Day 1 purchase to me, I was definitely looking forward to it sooner rather than later – until my friend said “Steam Winter Sale.” God dammit.

I am looking forward to hitting up SWTOR once it goes F2P though, assuming GW2 plays out as I expect and I don’t do a full relapse with MoP. Throwing down $15 for the box a week or so from now is not asking much, but like I mentioned earlier, it is all about the dealz. And it is hard to argue with “free several months from now” when there is plenty to do in the midterm.

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Posted on August 1, 2012, in Commentary, SWTOR and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Steam has lowered my price point on most games to about 5 dollars. I wonder sometimes what the point of putting games on steam for full price is. I got a number of games, none of which were released in the last 2 years. You can play games cheap if you don’t care about being current.

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    • BTW, on TOR, isn’t everyone asking the wrong question? The real question is whether TOR was profitable or not, not whether it will be indefinitely profitable forever. The statement about having to have a million subscribers to be profitable seems off…surely they don’t mean that they have to have a million subscribers forever to recoup the development cost. If they sold 2 million boxes at 60 dollars and kept all of those subscribers for at least 2 months, that’s 180 million right there. Maybe my reasoning is wrong here, but I don’t see how they couldn’t have at least broke even on the deal.

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