“In my opinion, [SWTOR] is going to be the last large scale MMO to use the traditional subscription business model.”
~ SOE President John Smedley, October 2011
Yeah… not so much there, Smed. See, this is what I love about the MMO industry: It’s absolutely unpredictable. You think you see trends, developers think they see trends, industry experts think they can predict the future… and then it just keeps confounding us with weirdness and crazy moves that nobody saw coming.
Assumed that sub-only games were all but extinct except for a couple of hangers-on? Yeah, don’t tell that to the future. The future lives to humble you. TESO is going sub-only too, alongside of WildStar, and both announced this in the past week. Cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria!