Originally posted by admriker4
from what Im told by folks in the industry, the NGE is basically a beta test for DC Comics. The subscribers to SWG are basically paying development costs for DC MMO. SOE is in fact stretching out the development time for DC to get a majority of development costs paid for. Once the box hits the shelves, any sales at all is 100% profit.
SOE is siphoning off revenue from SWG and using it to pay for DC Comics MMO development. Thats why SWG has such a small dev team and many former SWG devs now are working on DC.
The math proves this thievery...
SOE has roughly 5 people working on SWG (from what im told). Lets assume their total salary is 500k a years. SWG has about 20k subscribers paying $15 a month. Thats 300k or 3.6 million dollars a year. Subtract energy costs, maintenance, (lets assume 200k) - whats happening with that surplus 2.9 million dollars ? It certainly isnt going back into SWG.
They do this with a few MMO's and over 5 years a new MMO might have most of its development costs paid for. Expansions are easily paid for with this system. It generates a ton of easy profits. And its plain wrong.
Box sales are supposed to cover development costs, not my subscription fee. SOE is really crossing the line by doing this.
The main issue with the NGE was always been the violation of subscription money. Its long been established that subscription fees are designed to pay for content, maintenance, and bug fixes for that same game. SOE breaks this trust daily and uses funds for other games, expansions, or in the case of the NGE a massive revamp nobody wanted.
Thats why i wont ever touch a game by SOE ever again. My money isnt going where its supposed to. Its funding everything from other games, expansions that I'll be expected to re-buy again, and probably an ivory back scratcher for Smelly's big ars.
Same, I refuse to touch an SOE or Sony product, I've had a couple bad Sony TVs the past 15 years their electronics are more expensive and their service sucks, I bought an XBox 360 and many people told me to get a PS3, bleh.
Anyways your numbers makes sense, they halted the boxed production in late 2005. If you look back at their history since launch 2003, they never really accurately addressed any issues players has brought up, they went along with "we'll do it whether the players like it or not", around publish 9 they even guaranteed the CU was to come out before JTL, maybe they don't know the meaning of guarantee.
From what I heard, DC Online might be released for console, if that's the case I don't think it'll be very widely popoular. There's Star Trek Online and Age of Conan (trying) that's attempting console versions too, console MMO kind of bothers me.