The MMO space is growing substantially at the moment. It’s not surprising when you consider the upcoming Cataclysm expansion for the biggest MMORPG game in existence; you guessed it, World of Warcraft. Head of Cryptic Studios, Jack Emmert, conveyed his opinion on paid subscriptions quite clearly, saying:
“You’re skating up hill if you don’t offer a free-to-play option, You’re skating up against World of Warcraft and theoretically SWTOR (Star Wars: The Old Republic). That’s your competition. And unless you think your games are as good or better than those – because you also have to overcome their reputation – it’s going to be highly unlikely a large number of people, meaning 200,000-plus, are going to be willing to subscribe to your game. And a lot of companies are making $50-60-70 million bets, and I just don’t see that there’s a market for their products.”
You’ve got to admit; most paid MMOs are just slightly better than some of the good free-to-play titles out there, like Dungeon Fighter Online, Lord of the Rings Online and Runes of Magic. The Cataclysm expansion pack drops on December 7th.