The Daily Grind: What MMORPG would do better with a different business model?

    
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When it comes to ArcheAge, it’s generally accepted that this is a pretty great fantasy sandbox that was absolutely sunk by a terrible business model (and a few other regrettable studio choices). The topic keeps popping up among that community over whether or not a subscription-only server would do a lot better today.

Switching business models is something many MMOs experiment with from time to time. We’ve certainly seen many subscription games go free-to-play, and Secret World Legends recently restarted with a F2P model instead of B2P.

Looking at the vast array of MMOs out there, which game do you think would do better if it had a different business model? You could even argue here to modify the extent of the current business model to something, say, less pay-to-win or restrictive.

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Anstalt

Personally, I’d kill off F2P as a business model completely.

However, I recognise that this wouldn’t actually be beneficial to any existing MMORPGs, quite the opposite, it would probably cause a lot of them to close.

But, I think that is a good thing for the genre. We have too many sub-par MMOs hanging around for years by scamming whales for all they’ve got. This ties up the dev studies, it keeps the playerbase spread out across a large number of titles and it locks up the IPs.

I think if we stuck to subscription, or B2P + DLC, we’d end up with a smaller amount of games that were higher quality. F2P encourages the worst business practices from developers and “successful” games (profitable) are those that can best target addicts. If success was determined by the quality of the games, rather than it’s addictive properties, I truly believe the genre would be in much better shape.

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Godiva

I think ArcheAge would do brilliantly if they had a different business model.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I want WoW Lv 1-60 or 1-whatever previous cap to go F2P or B2P.

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Sally Bowls

If I were changing business models, I would vote for changing Star Citizen and Ashes of MLM. I am not saying they are wrong for the company or even that they are bad. But they do leave me feeling a bit, idk, … uneasy.

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Rottenrotny

All the F2P ones. :P :P

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odin valhalla

If LOTRO never went F2p and stuck with the sub model I and I can attest to at least 20 other people I know would still be playing. Ive no problem with f2p models when they start that way you know what youre getting. In fairness to LOTRO it was a pretty new phenom back when they did it, but they monetized everything from legenderies to virtues to stat tome bonus’s I mean it became ridiculous.

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Oleg Chebeneev

If you was subscribed, you’d get enough points to buy any content and tomes, since subscribers get points every month. So F2P changed nothing for you. The only thing that changed is influx of new players which obviously is a good thing.

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Wanda Clamshuckr

I don’t normally agree with you, Oleg, but I do on this one. I was playing LoTRO before, during, and after this transition, and there was definitely an anti-FTP crowd that didn’t give it a chance. Yes, at the time it was new, and there was a stigma as pure FTP games belonged to companies like Nexon and the like. However, it brought in a lot of new players to LoTRO, some of which left but many stayed on.
As also noted, there was the monthly stipend for people who subbed.
It wasn’t so much that the transition to FTP was a horrible thing, it was a faction of community on the forums and in the online chat that made it rougher than necessary.

I loved LoTRO, and it going FTP was a good thing imho. I left because I went back to EQ2, not because the FTP model tainted the game.

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McSleaz

I’d play lotro again if went back to sub-only

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Fenryr Grey

pretty much all f2p games should go sub and get rid of the ingame cash-shop.

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Rottenrotny

Mostly agree, though I have no problem with a cash shop that just sells vanity items like costumes, mounts, pets, emotes etc.

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Sally Bowls

It would seem easier and fairer to the players to just shut down rather than go through this interim step.

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Viktor Budusov

Lotro – not a change of model but it needs a lot of adjustments. They should remove in-game earning of Lotro points but all old (for example 1+ year since release) questpacks, instances or expansions should be free for all.

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Jonny Sage

Final Fantasy 14. There is no reason for it to be a sub. B2P would be better.

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Vincent Clark

Absolutely not. Thankfully, the powers that be @ Square Enix disagree with you.

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Shiro Madoushi

Isn’t b2p just a new term for f2p? The only b2p games that I have tried operated just like a f2p game other than charging an initial box fee for the game.

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Paul

If ArcheAge were to launch a sub only, no cash shop server I’d play for sure.