The Decline of Worlds
Posted by Terra Nova [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2012, 12:32 pm
Edward CastronovaSimon Ludgate documents the experience of another big-ticket MMOG, Star Wars, the Old Republic. Like many others, this one is going from subscription to free-to-play. Ludgate characterizes this as failure. While it certainly is the failure of the revenue model, it may not mean failure of the IP. F2P products make plenty of money. But before we conclude that to use subscriptions is to fail, consider venerable EVE. She has reached new population milestones in her old age, having never abandoned the old subscription model. I think something cognitively different happens when we enter a world as opposed to a...

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