Quick note about the SW:TOR F2P weekend since a few people have asked me to comment: Did WoW do this? Did LotRO do it? Did WAR do it? Did Aeon do it?
The answer is no.
Now, if SW:TOR is doing as well as EAware would like you to believe, then why are they putting already pressed servers (due to that high population) into critical condition by opening up the game to anyone who can be bothered with the download? Seems a bit odd right? And the two-day timeframe is interesting. Would this ‘hook’ still work if SW:TOR had a fully-open 14 day trial?
Remember the problem WoW was having three months after release? All those servers still crashing due to population issues? Imagine if Blizzard did what EAware is doing this upcoming weekend?
Now granted, maybe EAware just have amazing server tech and, despite retaining “80-90%” of their playerbase, they still have a ton of room, and despite the game still flying off shelves and people streaming in, they still went ahead and opened up the game for free.
Just like Blizzard is handing out 80s as a “thank you” to WoW hitting a new subscriber peak, right?
Is it 6 months yet?