Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley is making a lot of waves lately. SOE’s DC Universe Online is going free-to-play later this year, and he was also wrote an op-ed piece for GamesIndustry.biz touting the F2P model. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since pretty much everyone is touting F2P as the new revolution in MMOs.
For MMO gamers who go back, oh, about two or three years, and can remember when F2P was just the purview of crappy Asian grindfests, the sudden explosion of Western F2P titles has been a bit of a shock. And when our favorite game goes F2P, it’s met with equal parts apprehension and horror. While my rantings rarely lean toward the apocalyptic, I do worry that F2P will destroy what I like about MMOs in the first place: the equal playing field, especially when there’s a better way.
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(And any time I can squeeze in an FMA TCG card image is a good time.)