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You might be right. Sell a bunch of copies because the game was over hyped, have 25% of your player base leave within 60 days so you don't have to pay for network and server upkeep. Then convert the game to a Free to Play model, thus further driving away more of your initial player base and make money off the poor saps that stay off of micro-transactions.

They very well may have made a lot of money doing things that way, but one thing is for sure, it pisses off the customer base and makes it less likely that you will get them to buy another product from you ever again.
Shrug. I beta tested SWTOR for a good 8 months before launch. I subbed for an additional 6 before quitting. The game was good, not great. The people who wanted KOTOR3 were mostly disappointed, the people who wanted World of Star Wars were also fairly disappointed. Before launch they had some very bad PR decisions (not talking about stuff not finished doomed the launch and they've since changed that policy) and ultimately they launched the game before ever really defining what goals it didn't have (like an endgame focus) that led to a lot of people buying a game hoping it was what they wanted without knowing what it was. It wasn't like A:CM where they said it was something it wasn't, SWTOR's problem was it never really said what it was. I'd fault BioWare for this, but at the same time, even 2 years after I initially started playing SWTOR, I don't know if I could really define how they shaped the game.

The game was profitable before 6 months after launch if the $150 million budget is to be believed. FTP just transitioned it from a break-even state to a swimming-in-pools-of-money state.

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And I don't understand why people think it was supposed to be a true sequel, in any way other than by spirit only, but whatever...

Haters gonna hate!
All the while BW gets my subscription, my CC money, and playing time too.

Thanks - T
It was a little more than by spirit only, especially considering it reveals Revan's fate. Additionally, since it started out as KOTOR3 before being converted to a MMO, it was a sequel. I don't hate the game, but I won't deny I would have preferred KOTOR3.
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As for Star Wars games...this might actually be a good thing. Has any one been happy with what has come out of Lucas Arts lately? Now any one who wants to make a Star Wars game can buy a license to do it. If they are going to be relying solely on licensing to stay in business they are not going to be charging a lot of royalties to use the Star Wars lore and name...not if they want to be more than an office in some shed behind Disney World at least.

Sad to see people lose jobs though.
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I never really put anytime into a Star Wars game, but I own and love the movies. Was LucasArts really putting out any good games as a studio? We know that other studios are going to want to cash in on the Star Wars name, so maybe this is a good thing because we will have better studios working on the games.

I know eveyone wants to see a Battlefront 3 game, but they weren't working on one, right? Also, 1313 looked cool, but it might have sucked also. Given the track record, it was probably going too.

Just bringing up a different view.
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Wow.
Bitter much?

First, the game was not over-hyped, and if you were expecting more, you didn't bother paying attention in the first place.
I STILL enjoy the stories, more than a year later, and I'm working on even more level 50 characters to get ready for 2.0 and the first expansion.
Second, if you think that the game is F2P, then you need to reexamine what you're able to DO as an F2P player, which, in short is not much. If you really want to experience and progress within the game's content, you're subscribing.

And anyway, if by customer base you mean the wishy-washy "tester types", I don't want to play with anyone like that anyway. Don't bother clogging up my server! thumb.gif

Back to OT: Disney has sunk the star Wars name. Right? Right.

Thanks - T

No, not bitter at all. I didn't waste my money on it. My son did, but not me.

I said "Free to Play", which is what they call it. I didn't say "Free to Win".

No, I don't mean "wishy-washy tester types", I mean people who actually PAID for the game, NOT the people who played it in open beta.
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As for Star Wars games...this might actually be a good thing. Has any one been happy with what has come out of Lucas Arts lately? Now any one who wants to make a Star Wars game can buy a license to do it. If they are going to be relying solely on licensing to stay in business they are not going to be charging a lot of royalties to use the Star Wars lore and name...not if they want to be more than an office in some shed behind Disney World at least.

Sad to see people lose jobs though.

Yeah true they haven't really made anything good lately hopefully this does make licensing the IP easier for other devs.
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Welp, one less game to look forward too...
     
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I never really put anytime into a Star Wars game, but I own and love the movies. Was LucasArts really putting out any good games as a studio? We know that other studios are going to want to cash in on the Star Wars name, so maybe this is a good thing because we will have better studios working on the games.

I know eveyone wants to see a Battlefront 3 game, but they weren't working on one, right? Also, 1313 looked cool, but it might have sucked also. Given the track record, it was probably going too.

Just bringing up a different view.

SWG was by far one of the best, most enjoyable mmo's I have ever played, then CU hit, then NGE hit...yea you see what happened to it.

I miss that great big sandbox mmo formally known as SWG.
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Man this sucks. I was hoping they would release SW:Battlefront 3, but I guess not. frown.gif
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Man this sucks. I was hoping they would release SW:Battlefront 3, but I guess not. frown.gif

I am sure it is for sale...who knows...maybe Bioware or Bethesda will get a hold of it.
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One thing I'm unsure is what all of that means for the novel division, I haven't followed them since quite a long time but there were tons of very good books released over the years (and also plenty of terrible ones). Since I read Dysney will only focus on merchandising linked to the new trilogy I guess they'll stop publishing books/comics about the OT and prequels, which are the best things Star Wars related after the OT.
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