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Just One Moar (formerly: How To Lose Your Life To An MMORPG)

Part diary, part commentary, part news reviews and editorials covering the world of MMORPGs Among many MMORPG:I feature Runes of Magic and World of Warcraft

Author: giantsquid

Will Next Runes of Magic Expansion See Large Spike in Popularity of MMORPG?

Posted by giantsquid Saturday November 14 2009 at 2:02PM
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I have a hunch, a theory.

RoM has so far been pretty good with it’s content updates, and the first big expansion. Up until now I think players are still skeptical and wait to see it to believe it, for the most part.

But if they make good on their next big expansion, said to be out in spring of 2010 in the recent developer chat, we may see an extra large jump in the games popularity.

Not only will we see the game world increase in size by a few more zones, and plenty of new content, with hopefully significantly more fixed bugs than new ones, but I think players minds will be much more at ease to let go of their skepticism.

The game is also starting to garner popularity among some big MMORPG journalist sites with some giving RoM its own dedicated section. A first for many of the sites to do that for a free game, where they previously only gave big triple A subscription based games their own homes.

It’s all contingent on whether Runewaker can successfully handle the business side of things and grow the company larger than an average F2P games company. They already boast being a larger company, but they have to be able to grow even more, and continue to make money at it.

If Runewaker can figure it all out and make it work, could we see the first of its kind in a F2P MMORPG company that gets close to being as large as a subscription based company? Do you think they could end up becoming pioneers in the same aspect that Blizzard did for subscription MMORPGs? or will they find themselves stuck as a smaller company not finding that golden apple to let themselves grow?

Time will tell.

Superman0X writes:

Your comments are odd... as F2P companies are larger than P2P companies, with the exception of Blizzard. The largest F2P companies are in Asia,and they have thousands of employees working on thier games.

Or are you just talking about the WESTERN market?

Sat Nov 21 2009 11:34AM Report
giantsquid writes:

Oh, I wanted to add, I sent you a msg saying that I was indeed talking about western markets.  But I was curious about these large Asian MMO markets you mention.

I don't have anything to go on except my experiences and opinions but these games that get imported don't seem too different, and are usually much smaller than Western subscription payed games.

What are some of these Asian games with so may employees?  I've played some nice F2P games that look really polished like Perfect World, and even Shaiya, but there small size and limited systems have always made me assume the companies behind them were small as well.

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