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Hope so much the FTP model does not ruin the game.
IMO ncsoft should keep hold of it, merge the servers to bring back mass pvp seiges ( allowing tpeople to server change and chase winning side is what ruined it).
From what I have read Gameforge have a good grasp of what they intend to do. In some cases better than ncsoft, e.g keeping veteran rewards active and keeping them going.
As with all mmos some folk will tell bad tales but if your looking for a indepth lots of content nice looking game, have a ago.