Thanks for this. Perhaps this would have changed the voting if it had come out a couple of weeks back! Lol
Question though: where did you get the release date for ESO? Everything I've seen has just said 2013.
No probs, no correction there. I didn't say *why* ToR bombed, after all. I do disagree with your opinion though, for the record, but that's an entirely different discussion.
Wow. Your ESO comment reeks of ignorance and bias (this is the WoW section of TTH, after all). Let's address the worst offenders:
First off, Zenimax Online's making it. Not the Bethesda arm that made the single-player games. Second, they've said nothing about their payment model yet. P2P is likely, not a dead cert. It's interesting that you claim subs are a dying breed, and will kill ESO, yet you predict that WoW's subs will "hold steady". Have they been steady historically? Not likely. They've been losing ground consistently right up to the release of MoP. I doubt the expansion boost'll keep them going much into 2013.
Yes, we all know ToR crashed and burned. Let's not take the cop-out response of tarring ESO with the same brush. Association does not automatically imply causality, people. I, like many others, would run screaming if it went F2P. *that* would kill the franchise, not subs. Also, I'd love to know exactly how the multiplayer experience will "leave much to be desired"? There's a conspicuous lack of specifics there. And finally - FTP by the end of the year? Most people are predicting a Q3 release at best, as the beta's not even kicked off yet. That'd be one quick bubble burst.
Amen Gunky, an ESO beta key would make my year, but I guess it's still early days yet. Couldn't disagree more on the WoW issue though. Aside from the very basics like instancing and PvP, the first sniff of WoW-cloniness is going to make people run like it was a libidinous Hagraven. With brain rot. Cloning is very rarely a good business model, as it gives no incentive for loyal players to change.
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