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As the title says, and mark my words. While this game is doing fine now, and would survive the current market, the horizon for mmo gamers looks as bright as I can remember in the last decade or so. A quick over-view of what will likely be released this year: Planetside 2, Guild Wars 2, and Archage (not to mention a few lesser knowns Dust and EverquestNext) - Right now the genre is stale, but in the next year I have a feeling that these games will drain the population from most games currently on the market including ToR.
While there are some innovative features in ToR for the most part its lackluster. ToR took the safe route of cliche mmo mechanics and its going to bite them down the road when some of the more innovative and promising games release. Call me a naysayer, a dooms day kinda guy, whatever.
Of course the game won't shut down, that's not what I mean, but we all know that MMO's usually die long before the company actually shuts them down.
The bright side (and I'm stealing this from another poster) is that ToR might have been the game that breaks the 'wow clone' market of MMO's. Companies might start pushing away from that market and that is a good thing.
You can feed me lines about 1.2 and the voice acting and such but there is little doubt that ToR for the most part played it safe and I think it will bite them.