02/03/2013 02:21 PMSince PoE income come from micro transaction, I kinda doubt the aspect Play to Win wont touch the game eventually. We all have seen lots of game with micro transaction system, how many of them stick with ONLY makeup/cosmetics on their store ?
Posted by Squeal
For starters GGG and PoE are independently owned and operate out of New Zealand. The benefits of this is they have REALLY low operating costs with wages being lower in NZ. They’ve already funded a bulk of the expenses associated with game development in getting the game to Open Beta. Now they need a business model to sustain and improve PoE… $2 million per year should be plenty… and they received way more in their 9 month closed beta. Plus they’ve now garnered a loyal fan base who will support PoE as long as it remains true to it’s origins. 50,000 players contributing $40 every 12 months will give them $2 million per year… which is definitely achievable.
Finally, PoE will be GGG’s only title. They don’t want to create other titles, just the best ARPG that can sustain itself for 10 years (or more).
BUT soon enough The Elder Scrolls Online will be released(Dated to be released this year) and the Blizzard franchise is going to be in some serious trouble. I don't think Bethesda has yet to release a over hyped game that turned out horrible at release.
Feel free to add your concerns and thoughts on this.
I’ve only played Skyrim and loved it (despite the bugs). I will definitely look at it when it comes out, but my concerns are more about the MMO genre in general. There are so many options out there now I can’t see any ever reaching WoW proportions again. If SW:TOR with Bioware at the helm of the greatest franchise available can’t manage it… then what chance do others. That being said WoW will never reach it’s heights either… it was the right product in the right place at the right time. Even F2P doesn’t allow MMOs to be huge. Whatever TESO is Bethesda has to make sure it nails the following: fresh quality gaming, financially attractive to consumers, and socially engaging for consumers. Bethesda do release some ‘buggy’ games though, which could hurt it, and I am not sure if TES series of games that have come before it will be a Pro or Con: players will be familiar with the world etc from previous games and might want to see that in TESO… but then again players might think “Meh… been there and done that”.
Blizzard (BTW isn’t a “frachise”, but a company… Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo are franchises) will be fine. No doubt WoW is on the decline, but so many players have invested so much in the game that they won’t let it go for some time yet. Starcraft will remain strong as a leading eSport around the world. Diablo is the biggest disappointment and the number of players who bailed (what about 90%?) within 6 months. There is nothing they can do to fix D3 to lure even 10% of those players permanently back. An expansion might lure some back, but I doubt most would pay for it. The best chance they have of saving the Diablo franchise is a total new D4. Aside from that Blizzard has Titan in the works which will be huge IMO.
One thing is for sure TESO needs to be a subscription MMO, even if it is at a lower price point ($5-$10 per month). It will also be interesting if TESO will be a cross console MMO… if they managed that then IT WILL BE HUGE!!!
TL:DR – PoE will be financially fine, Blizzard will be fine (Diablo won’t be until D4), MMOs are old news, TESO on consoles would be PURE WIN.