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Although I'm not a huge fan (possible understatement) of SWTOR's new monetization model, I do think their Plan B has paid divends, at least for now.
All topics such as withheld content, x-pac vs DLC aside, there is no denying that the Cartel Shop has been at least somewhat succesful in increasing the game's revenues.
Many would just write it off that it only helps defray the (estimated) high development costs of the game, and doesn't do much to improve the possible future of the game. While that is a valid concern, as is that Makeb will be a huge paywall for the FTP players reaching the end of their class stories, there soes seem to be some definitive good news for SWTOR's future.
Many people, both those who enjoy the game and those who do not, have been concerned about the ongoing bugs, performance, lag, and optimization issues of the game. Now this is just conjecture on my part, but in the latest patch, a seemingly minor, undocumented patch improvement was the hopefully final squashing of the companion lightsaber bug.
It seems that after months, and with little fanfare, the bug was finally fixed. To me, that's a positive sign.
Whats more, if you do a little internet sleuthing (which is dangereous, since a little knowledge can be a bad thing) and take a look at Bioware Austin's employment oppurtunity section, it seems they are looking for engineers and programmers. (As opposed to monetization specialists and cartel item artists.)
It's my hope that the game's Plan B has paid enough dividends that EA has decided the game is worth reinvesting (albeit at a reduced level from previous projections) in and that the game does have a future to look forward to.
More importantly, a game where performance is increased and bugs are finally addressed.
Again this is only conjecture, but one can hope. As to my distaste for the cash shop business model, (and corporate double-speak and content withholding) as many have pointed out, no one put a gun to its customers' heads. Still, I hope that the game becomes more robust, and more non-cash shop content will roll out following the Makeb expansion.
*Just so it's not all rainbows and unicorns, I reserve the right to criticize their handling of the Cathar at a future date.
Anyway, thought I'd make a thread that the game's most enthusiastic fans could take away something hopeful in tone.