Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:10
I'm a current SWTOR player and I love it. I'm not sure why people were let down. It rewards the player for making alts which I suppose might be why some might not like it. I'm an alt-a-holic so it's been great for me. The only thing in it that's not good would be the pvp, which currently is horrible. That aside, the pve experience is amazing. Well, if you're a Star Wars fan that is. Tried Star Trek Online, THAT was a huge let down!
I'm fairly psyched about Guild Wars 2, can't wait for that one!
The Secret World was one I was very excited about until I saw their pricing scheme! Then I watched some of the gameplay from this past PAX, and I can just see it going free to play in the future. Plus every game that's offered a lifetime subscription for $200 is now free to play. I consider those being offered a HUGE sign. The developer knows it won't last as a sub based game, so they're trying to make as much as they can up front. Sad really, TSW has an awesome setting and story too.
I also think the upcoming TERA will become a free to play title as well. It plays good, and the graphics are amazing, but it just feels very Aion-ish to me. And that one's free now too!
I think the future of Online titles will end up being free to download and play, but with cash shops. That model is just making WAY too much right now for a lot of companies to not be copied. WoW is even a sub with a cash shop! Look at the new mount they just released. Anytime they need some money they just have to sell a new mount for $25 and cash in.
I also am rather interested in the upcoming new Neverwinter, it will be free to download and free to play. It's currently slated for a Q4 2012 release though. So that's some time away, but at least this year.