Let me just add that this game is not really free... what I mean is that you will have to work hard to unlock everything the free way. And please no WOW vs LOTRO arguments, they are more than different games.
[Edited by shianova, 9/27/2010 7:54:25 AM]
It does look nice, but.... the game became a bit too samey samey after a while.
As for Shia, I wasn't comparing the two was stating a fact when an MMO is released and it doesn't manage to compete with WoW in terms of subscriptions etc then it does force developers into going in a new direction.
Even Warhammer has gone free to an extent also. Could be due to the fact that Mythos was bought out so to speak.
The only MMO that truly hasn't went free bar the exception of WoW, is EVE its still the longest running MMO out there. And that costs more than WoW monthly, but you get expansions for free. And they have cleverly added a way of pay for game time with in game currency, by buying PLEX's which are sold by other players by converting time code cards. This is clever as it eliminates the needs for people to go buy from dodgey sources if they want ingame money.
You can still pay per month to play LOTRO by the way.
Of course it does, to entice newer possible paying customers to the game they had to do something radical, and allow to be free to play.
MMO's have one thing in mind when released to grab a chunk of the market away from Blizzard who are dominating the MMO market. That is fact.
But they always fail on one deciding feature that WoW has, its addictiveness, a MMO may have the best Graphics, Sound and Gameplay but if it is not addictive, people will always return back to WoW.
But, saying that Blizzard has started to ruin WoW and it is becoming a bore, Cataclysm will be Blizzards last gasp attempt of keeping control. They will always have the Lore buffs who will continue to play but casual gamers may soon get bored again and try something else, until they realise they miss WoW and go back again.
If the future Star Wars and Stargate MMO's live up to expectations those 2 combined may hit Blizzard hard and grab the fans of both from Blizzard's grasp finally.