No Plans for a Free-to-Play Version of World of Warcraft
New information on World of Warcraft from Blizzcon 2013.
I think it would be a terrible idea for WOW to go F2P. I would be afraid that WOW would lose its polish, something that I have appreciated the entire time I have been playing.
F2P brings a lot of problems, especially for this game.
You'll have more bots for one. Considerably more. They will also struggle initially to serve the massive flood of players that will come into the game servers. They just won't have the capacity. You'll also see many people cheating because accounts won't be quite as valuable. There would probably be a lot less content released in major patches too.
I'd rather see a subscription fee reduction. Maybe £5 per month down from £8.99.
@Samslayer It already lost its polish.....A Long. Time. Ago.
@-Unreal- Though if someone is willing to pay monthly as is, then they're already most likely paying the $15 fee at the moment. Lowering the price won't magically make everyone love payment models all of the sudden. Making the box tied to the account will help make it more costly to cheat as there will be an initial investment if they ever plan to go without a monthly fee. If they don't want to go that route, then they'd just be losing money by lowering the monthly fee (or making the same amount for the light amount of people that would come back for just a couple bucks of). Perhaps when it gets so old -- and a new successor is launched or takes up that mantel -- would it benefit from lowering the price to entice people to pay for both. :3