Given the apparent success of DDO (Dungeons & Dragons online) going free to play, and the recent announcement that LoTro has now over a million subscribers a month after going free to play (which by all accounts was doing well anyway), and EQ 2 has successfully gone free to play (which was formally not doing so well, but not bad either), what other MMO RPGs should follow suit?
UPDATE: LOTRO free to play gets 1.2 million new users in less then a month Here are some suggestions….
EQ1 (Everquest 1)
Obviously EQ1 should go free to play asap, and while they are at it relaunch the progression servers, plus drop all the lame bullshit over powered drops that fall in newbie zones, then make it free to play, its a no brainer, its better then EQ2 anyway to be honest.
EQ1 in action
DAOC (Dark age of Camelot)
Next on the list another no brainer, is DAOC, still a much much better RvR game then Warhammer online, its just screaming to go free to play, a game like this really needs to keep the population up to maximise all the RvR goodnes, and make no mistake it is top notch Realm v Realm combat with 3 separate kingdoms battling it out, still looks great IMO (unlike EQ1 and EQ2 for that matter)
DAOC in action
DAOC PVP in action
WAR – Warhammer online
Ah WAR what went wrong?, it launched well it 400K+ subs out of the gate, but somehow never got traction, and never got near WoW numbers, IMO it had some terrible broken design decisions that really hurt it once the numbers went down, the scenarios although fun and great ideas on paper, took people out of the world and it was a dead lifeless place very quickly, not good for a PVP or RVR game.
Still when its good its really good, and for this reason it deserves a chance, Free to play will give it a second wind, and must happen if it is to survive.
WAR in PVP action
This Korean grinding RPG is not doing great, with recent server merges, not exactly a good sign, and Im hearing that the mergers have not helped the PVP balance situation, and people are leaving in droves, it looks good but you have to have a good community
What do you think??
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