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The end result would be something very similar to the current game, almost entirely unchanged for the casual player. It's hardcore raiders on the bleeding edge of content and the PvPers who are trying to get the best PvP gear -- the people really committed to being the best -- who would end up reaching for their wallets, and that's how other free-to-play games function anyway. There would likely be an optional subscription that would remove the limitations and let WoW function exactly as is currently, similar to Dungeons and Dragons Onlne or Lord of the Rings Online. Would Blizzard be making less money than they do under the current subscription model? Probably! But this isn't a model for the game as it is now, it's a model for the game in five, maybe ten years, when subscriber numbers are much lower.
How World of Warcraft Could Go Free-to-Play

This is definitely not something that I could see happening anytime soon, but it's likely that there will be some considerable changes in the near future. With that said, Blizzard will milk this MMO for the last penny, maybe they'll even incorporate the same two auction house system they plan on implementing in Diablo 3 to gain some extra cash.
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It won't happen, would be epic if it was $5 a month. Would def. keep people in, and hell, may even gain some population.
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Good thing I'll have moved on to GW2 by the time this happens. And most likely whatever PTP MMO seems to be doing good at the time... weather its Rift, or bliz's new MMO.
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I believe Blizzard will have a new MMO by the time WoW's population get's low enough to need this.
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It won't happen, would be epic if it was $5 a month. Would def. keep people in, and hell, may even gain some population.
If it were $5, not only would I pay for it, but I bet a lot of the Runescape players would join in as well. Runescape is $6/month for full members.
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I don't even think i'd play it again even if they paid me $15 a month.
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I believe Blizzard will have a new MMO by the time WoW's population get's low enough to need this.
exactly. We're talking AFTER the next expansion. Probably 2014 at the earliest.
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If it were $5, not only would I pay for it, but I bet a lot of the Runescape players would join in as well. Runescape is $6/month for full members.
Didn't even know haha.

Thing is, blizz has already made a "profit" (how about too much) off of WoW, it wouldn't kill them to do anything now.
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Preeeetty sure greed would raise its ugly head and stomp/hack/bash this idea on the head if it was bought up at a Blizz board meeting. Lvl1 $$$$$ is the leet and will pwn common sense everytime.

Gave up on it a year ago, toying with Rift atm while waiting for GW2
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I'm not liking where FTP is heading in Age of Conan. The population is way up like it was 14-16 months ago, but you try and get a pickup raid together and 3 of 24 can access the instance cause they are the only ones paying.
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