STO going f2p confirmed.

CacaphonyCacaphony Tacoma, WAMember Posts: 738

Link to the STO thread. 

 

http://forums.startrekonline.com/showthread.php?t=230101

 

The OP of the above thread gave this link to a Perfect World earnings call.

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/289163-perfect-world-s-ceo-discusses-q2-2011-results-earnings-call-transcript?part=qanda

 

Anyway, I don't have anything to add really.  Just wanted to share the news with you guys here.  If you don't want to read the whole conference call transcript, the OP on the STO forum thread I linked you to, has the important information posted.

Comments

  • ArcheminosArcheminos Portland, ORMember Posts: 283

    Nice! I actually like this game, but couldnt justify the $15 a month, but as free, I think it'll get new life.

  • jakfoxjakfox Windsor, ONMember Posts: 50

    Good move for everyone involved. I hope the lifers get their just deserts for supporting the game from the get-go. Also, I won't feel as bad visiting the c-store! =D YAY!

    Over all this is a win win for everyone and I will most definitely be returning to this after this announcement.

  • eyceleycel rolling hillz, PAMember Posts: 1,334

    And another one bites the bullet, how many more will we see.  The saga continues...

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  • RohnRohn Saint Peters, MOMember UncommonPosts: 3,729

    Originally posted by jakfox

    Good move for everyone involved. I hope the lifers get their just deserts for supporting the game from the get-go. Also, I won't feel as bad visiting the c-store! =D YAY!
    Over all this is a win win for everyone and I will most definitely be returning to this after this announcement.

     

    With Cryptic being picked up by PWE, and given the success of Champions' transition to F2P, this was probably inevitable.

    And I agree, I think this is a good thing for everyone involved.

    Hell hath no fury like an MMORPG player scorned.

  • Xondar123Xondar123 None of Your Business, BCMember CommonPosts: 2,543

    I'm kinda surprised. I thought they'd keep milking and bilking the lifers and hard core fanatics with the subscription and the C-Store.

  • CatchmeifuCatchmeifu PerthMember Posts: 45

    I have played star trek online off and on , and understand them needing to follow this path.

     

    But for me I will probably not play it once it goes free to play as I dont play free to play games.

     

    But then again depeends on what sort of model(business) they put out.

  • ZefireZefire lol, CAMember Posts: 676

    Im a lifetime suber but i know im going to get my free coins each month so this sounds cool.

    Furthermore this game will start getting more and more people and it will be good for all of us.But how many people will left in the wild after this below?I will be playing swtor for sure and i dont think ill have more time for trek even if i like it.

     

  • Cik_AsalinCik_Asalin SoCal, CAMember Posts: 3,033

    This game should have been free-to-play since its' launch.  It wasn't worth $15/month then and has suffered the same fate of every other generic half-baked mmorpg.

     

    As far as I'm concerned, Cryptic ruined this IP's, let alone this games' potential for anything resembling a noteworthy mmorpg.

  • xmentyxmenty Member UncommonPosts: 692

    Haha it is indeed a good news. I would play this instead of SWTOR while waiting for GW2  :P.

    Pardon my English as it is not my 1st language :)

  • FleshMaskFleshMask San Angelo, TXMember UncommonPosts: 249

    Lifetime Subbers got screwed bad.

    Hell, they got screw before the FTP... what did they get? An ugly com-badge and a lounge no one uses.

    I like how they say they the Lifers also get a free download of the game client whenever they want... well, everyone does as well... How are you gonna list something as special when everyone has it?

     

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  • MeridionMeridion HeidelbergMember UncommonPosts: 1,495

    Should have been f2p since day one, for it was absolutely never anywhere close to the quality of a P2P game... No wonder Cryptic tanked as well...

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  • DinendaeDinendae Pekin, ILMember Posts: 1,264

    Originally posted by Xondar123

    I'm kinda surprised. I thought they'd keep milking and bilking the lifers and hard core fanatics with the subscription and the C-Store.

     There's only so much you can bilk them for; even with the high percentage of things that were released for the Cstore, they weren't putting things out quickly enough to get their primary revenue from the Cstore. Add in that STO's population dropped to about 58,000 (including lifetime subs) by December of the year it launched, and stayed there, along with their acquisition by PWI, and it really was only a matter of time before we saw this. Had Atari not have found a buyer for Cryptic, we would have seen this a bit earlier.

    "Oh my, how horrible, someone is criticizing a MMO. Oh yeah, that is what a forum is about, looking at both sides. You rather have to be critical of anything in this genre as of late because the track record of these major studios has just been appalling." -Ozmodan

  • DruuuDruuu San Francisco, CAMember UncommonPosts: 9

    Originally posted by Zefire

    Furthermore this game will start getting more and more people and it will be good for all of us.

    I am hopeful that this will be good for STO.

     


    Originally posted by eycel

    And another one bites the bullet, how many more will we see.  The saga continues...

    As others have pointed out, it seems Free 2 Play is the new norm for MMO's (Dungeons & Dragons, LOTRO, Champions Online) I won't ever truly go away from STO as a Star Trek fan. The game has come a long way since its release and i'm hoping Cryptic will continue to add to the game as they have been.

  • Home15Home15 GentMember Posts: 203

    I doubt lifers got screwed, judging by the setup champions online use,

    makes it look more like a unlimited demo, 2 char slots, limited curency, no story missions, basicly all you can do is do missions and repeat those add bore infidium.

    Dont see why people realy complain.

  • Matt_UKMatt_UK NuneatonMember Posts: 420

    Originally posted by Meridion

    Should have been f2p since day one, for it was absolutely never anywhere close to the quality of a P2P game... No wonder Cryptic tanked as well...
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    Agreed. I always thought it would go f2p. I enjoyed it but couldn't see any depth for a monthly subscription. I'll definately go back now it's going free to play.

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  • Matt_UKMatt_UK NuneatonMember Posts: 420

    Originally posted by FleshMask

     

    Lifetime Subbers got screwed bad.

    Hell, they got screw before the FTP... what did they get? An ugly com-badge and a lounge no one uses.
    I like how they say they the Lifers also get a free download of the game client whenever they want... well, everyone does as well... How are you gonna list something as special when everyone has it?
     
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    Lifers were suckers who took the bait from day one instead of waiting to see how it played. I knew within a day of playing it wouldn't be worth a lifetime sub.

     

    No sympathy for em.

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  • raistlinmraistlinm new orleans, LAMember Posts: 673

    Originally posted by Xondar123

    I'm kinda surprised. I thought they'd keep milking and bilking the lifers and hard core fanatics with the subscription and the C-Store.

     I think that them trying to bilk the lifers and hardcore fans would be akin to making them some type of evil or bad corporation and I don't know if that's the case they are just out of touch with what people want to play and their entire design strategy is the problem not their intentions.

    While in some ways this worked for them with COH the last two releases show the flaws with a strategy like this the bottom line is if you push a game out the door in half the time the average mmo is made in you are simply pushing out a game that is going to offer about half as much content as other mmorpg's.

    I can't say if there is some developer out there that can pull this off but I can say Cryptic sure can't do it.

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