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So just got off work and watched Angry Joe's preview and in it he sums up exactly why I dislike the subscription model. 41k (or what ever astronomical number) for a horse/mount. He pretty much said buy the CE and you get one for free.
You see many people forget the hidden carrot on a stick that subscription games use to keep you subscribed "just one more month". Why on earth should I have to farm and farm and farm for hours on end to buy a mount? Couple this with limited inventory space to keep the player either A) running back to town more often to sell or not looting as much to keep inventory space available. Both serve the same purpose.....to slow the game down and force you to pay more. Whereas in a Good F2P game I can buy a Mount, buy some bags and maybe a few cosmetical upgrades so my avatar doesn't look like a frikken pauper.
A good F2P game allows me to pay for what I want up front and if the game is good I'll continue to keep playing. I understand a lot of people feel put off by immersion but I tell you right here and now not being able to buy a Mount at the appropriate level or having to run back to town to sell every 10 minutes is way more immersion breaking then any cash shop has ever been.
Sandbox means open world, non-linear gaming PERIOD!
Subscription Gaming, especially MMO gaming is a Cash grab bigger then the most P2W cash shop!
Bring Back Exploration and lengthy progression times. RPG's have always been about the Journey not the destination!!!