September 22nd, 2011 by Jack Matthews
SEO Boss predicts that SWTOR could be the last paid subscription based MMO.
As we all know, competition in the MMO industry has never been so fierce. Battling between launch dates to capitalize on profits or rather to perfect the game. Developers have been put in the hot seat for quite some time already.
With more and more MMO games switching from subscription based to become a free-to-play model, Sony Online Entertainments Boss, Smedly, predicts that Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) may be the last MMO to use a subscription based model.
There’s another large juggernaut coming out soon in Star Wars: The Old Republic from EA/Bioware. That’s a game that I think has a legitimate shot at a 2 million subscription user base and I believe they will stick with the subscription method. This is going to be the last large scale MMO to use the traditional subscription business model. Why do I think that? Simply put, the world is moving on from this model and over time people aren’t going to accept this method. I’m sure I’m going to hear a lot about this statement. But I am positive I’m right.”
He also reckoned & reasoned that this was also due to the economic climate that wasn’t doing too good.
“Economic times are hard out there and a recurring subscription is something that glares at you from a credit card bill every month. For some people, saving money starts with getting rid of subscriptions that hit the credit card.”
Tell us what you think subscription based games will fair in the future.
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August 31st, 2011 by Vera Cannon
Fans of SWTOR now have a slight glimpse of joy as Frank Gibeau as now they know that the release of this huge MMO will be tied closely with the Beta. With 2 million people signed up for the beta and even though pre-order sales have shot through EA’s pre-order records, there is still a lot that can go wrong in an MMO launch. If you recall previous MMOs in the past like WOW and other MMOs, their launch caused a massive server problem trying to uphold the millions of players.
“We’re driving towards a date, but… [we] …want to make sure that these services can last a decade… It is definitely tied to the beta test feedback that’s ongoing and so far, so good. We feel good about the date that we’re heading towards but you’re right, you could have a Crazy Ivan show up in the September/October beta test and be like, ‘wow, I’ve got to fix that’.”
“The other thing is, the technology of standing these things up and then getting all the server farms to work together, talk to one another, store character records… it’s extraordinarily complex and so we want a very stable experience.”
“We don’t want to happen to us what happened to WoW and a couple of other services where in the first week there were queues trying to get on to the servers, the entire service crashed — we don’t want that to happen. So we need to nail and make sure that it’s up 24/7 and [that] it’s high quality.”
In summary, the rumors heard a few months ago through EA’s marketing distribution has led us to believe that we are in the plans for something very big and that Bioware is not in a hurry to get there. All in all, game release will depend mainly on Beta testers on their feedback, so if you are one of them, feel free to share your stories here so we can get an indication if the game might be on time or pushed back.
August 3rd, 2011 by Vera Cannon
For all Star Wars: the Old Republic fans, the director of The Old Republic has said that “it would be terrible if something went wrong just as the game was getting going.”
Bioware after so much work and expectation from gamers want a smooth, bug-free, problem free game. That is the main reason that the studio hasn’t announced a release date yet. Game director James Ohlen says that BioWare is keeping the SWTOR release date on a down low in order to give the game itself time to make sure it lives up to all the hype and expectation for this Star Wars MMO.
He also said it would be a shame if some devastating catastrophe with the game server’s went down after breaking EA pre-order records. Some developers who have been working on the game since 2006 would be pretty disappointed too if something went wrong.
July 20th, 2011 by Jack Matthews
Although there’s no confirmation about the release of SWTOR anywhere to be seen. I can sense that it is near. And unfortunately, as passionate about Star Wars as I am, I still can’t get my hands on the game. -_-
My fellow Star Wars mates, if any of you happen to have a key and you are not using it. Please please please let me know. I want to go there. I want to experience the game and I can’t wait for the unknown release date to come.
June 23rd, 2011 by Marcus
Rumors of SWTOR being released in September are being tossed around everywhere, getting everyones immediate attention. Whether it is true or false, the hype has never been greater. EA has been reluctant to give the public a release date just yet with many claims but ShopTo has no fear, even going so far as to list in their website that the game will be released this September 9th. The listing has since mysteriously changed back to TBC.
SWTOR beta has been ope for quite some time already and you can sign up at their official SWTOR website.