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I was in the E3 of this game, and I really love that...
And I can't imagine how they can keep the server running? do they get enough money for that?
Admin of evil cry, there need a webpage host....
The greatest cost of running a MMORPG is bandwidth. Guild Wars gets around this by not allowing more than 16 or so people in a zone...which cuts down DRASTICALLY on bandwidth costs.
For example, assuming that the amount of data needed to relay a players x,y,z coordinates as well as current direction, velocity and chat text data was 50K per minute (just a rough guess). Then you have to realize that this data has to be sent to all the players in the zone for each player.
2 Players = (2x50K) = 100K/minute4 Players = (16x50K) = 800K/minute10 Players = (100x50K) = 5MB/minute25 Players = (625x50K) = 31MB/minute50 Players = (2500x50K) = 125MB/minute100 Players = (10,000x50K) = 500MB/minute250 Players = (62,500x50K) = 3.12GB/minute
See a scary trend here? If you look at the data above you can see that you can run 25 zones with 10 people in each (250 players) for the same amount of bandwidth that it takes to run 50 players in a single zone. Or even more impressive is that you can run 100 zones with 10 people in them (1,000 players) for the same amount of bandwidth needed to have just 1/10th that many people in a single zone (100 players).
Granted, Guild Wars has the staging areas where hundreds of people are in the same zone - but I am guessing they are banking that players won't spend a lot of time here compared to the instanced areas.
For anyone who has ever looked into the cost of bandwidth, you would know that at best you will pay $0.10 per GB (and you have to be a BIG user to get that rate).
I think that explains a large part of how they do it
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You know not only do they have all the money that they'll have left after the finished product....imagine how much they'll make from all the people that will buy this game.........
and if they later need money.......they will just put prob a low monthly fee and maybe work it up.....
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okay... I got a good answer to my question... Thanks
I understan what you mean, and I can't do more then agreed with you