A few years ago the local movie theater introduced the Premium Theater. It’s $20 a ticket, which includes popcorn and soda. The entrance to this area is separate from the general entrance, its 21+ due to the area having a bar, and you can order food to be brought to your seat. Its assigned seating (pick your spot when you buy the ticket), the seats are leather recliner-style, and you also have a pullout table to put drinks/food on.
Since its release it’s the only way I go to see a movie. No kids at the theater. No worries about getting a bad seat. Dinner and a movie in one. For the time and price it just works for me, and as most shows on popular nights sell out, almost everyone buys a drink and food, my guess is it’s working for the theater as well. It wouldn’t work if they converted all the screens to this format, but one works.
I want a Premium Theater MMO. Put the sub price at $50 a month. Limit the number of entries to a set number that the single server can handle. Zero tolerance ban system. Etc.
And for that $50 a don’t expect a game 3x ‘better’ than a $15 sub game in terms of content production or even overall product ‘value’. I fully understand these things don’t follow a linear scale. You don’t get 3x the car when you buy a BWM over a Kia.
That said I would expect a bit more. Since you have one server and a smaller overall community, GM events should be possible on more regular fashion. You should be able to more easily catch hackers or abusive players. If the game is doing well have a waiting list for new accounts, with people only getting in once a previous account is unsubbed. If the waiting list grows too long, increase the sub price on new accounts.
Point being I think the model could work, especially since we have seen more than a few titles peak serious interest from niche groups, and more than a few people in those niche groups have the money to throw around (if you can drop $1000 for a Kickstarter, I’m pretty sure you can pay $50 for an actual game that provides something you want). Gamers from the ‘early days’ have grown up, some successfully so. Someone needs to cater to them. Where is my Premium Theater MMO? Come take my money already.