Subscriptions. From where we are right now, the topic is worth revisiting. The Elder Scrolls Online is set for release in just a couple of weeks, while WildStar will be debuting in early June. While both games will launch with subscriptions, there are some who feel that the subscription model is outmoded, with a contingent of players that agree that a free to play game attracts them more. Yet, despite some games launching with subscriptions and then converting to a hybrid model (or even buy to play in the case of The Secret World), a couple of studios are trying again. The MMO player community is divided into several types of players whose interest isn’t uniform, so while some might speak for one model or another, the truth is all models work for some people. So why, especially with the most successful game being a subscription-based game, does the idea of subscriptions seem to bother so many?
Read more of Christina Gonzalez's The Social Hub: The Subscription Model - A Matter of Expectations.