It's my understanding the game cost 200 million to make and server costs are about 550k a month. Take off the free month and that number is really not very big when you take it's huge budget into account. I believe this game holds the record for the most expensive game ever made. I'm sure they'll make their money back, but there is no doubt that the game is greatly under performing and well below expectations.kyoukan wrote:People don't appreciate the fact that 1.2 million dudes playing an average of probably about 13 bucks a month is serious fucking money though. A lot of AAA games don't come close to the amount of money this game has and will make.
All of that is neither here nor there. I'm more interested in why it seems to have been more of a passing phase instead of a healthy and growing MMO. Is it too WoW -like? I hear that all the damn time. I admit, it looks like it plays like WoW, but I happen to enjoy that formula and it's a tried and true model. Mix that with Star Wars and I assumed it would be a resounding success. Out of all the post-WoW MMOs, I honestly thought this one was going to flourish. Also, I have heard sever populations voiced several times as a major concern so thanks for a VV opinion on the issues.
Should other MMOs try and be as different as possible from WoW (like EVE)? What can this game do to bring folks back and keep them there? Have they announced expansions or anything like that? Honestly, when no one on VV really talked about it post release, that was my first indication that things might not be going as well as I thought. I heard a couple of tepid reviews as well, but I figured they had not gotten to end game yet and kind of wrote them off.