Where was I? Oh, right. WRUP. This week the Massively staff has mostly been scared to death by that screenshot, but those of us not weeping in terror talked about our plans for the weekend as well as our pick for the next game hopping on the free-to-play bandwagon. So check out our responses after the break, let us know what you'll be up to in the comments, and then... man, that's really going to be watching you the whole time, huh? Horrorshow.
@Beau_Hindman: This weekend I'll be starting another look at Allods Online. It came in second in my Choose My Adventure poll, so I think it's time to revisit the game. I've actually played it off and on since the last time I really got into it, but recently the game seems so much smoother, and it's still one of the best-looking games out there. I'll also be studying up on Kingdom of Loathing and getting some more gaming done on the nifty Nexus 7.
I would like to think Dark Age of Camelot will go free-to-play, but I want to be clear that I never wish for a game to "fall" or "fail" into free-to-play. To me it's more of a matter of keeping up with the times and bringing in more players, and the game in question rules.
@nbrianna: I think I'll be giving The Secret World a spin. Dawnguard had been on the agenda, but I think I'll hold off until the Skyrim modding situation has callmed down.
Next to go F2P? The Secret World. And that's not a bad thing!
@Eliot_Lefebvre: It'll be a pretty standard grouping for me -- RIFT, Final Fantasy XIV, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. That's amidst possible board game time and a potential trip to the movies to see the Total Recall remake, so it'll be a busy weekend. Seeing as how Persona 4 Arena and The Last Story are coming out very soon, I figure I'll be off the computer before long.
You can make the case that TERA is already halfway to a free-to-play model with Chronoscrolls, but I think that's a game desperately in need of a model shift sooner rather than later. However, I'm going to go ahead and agree that The Secret World is going to be the next to drop subscription fees, mostly because I give Funcom some credit for understanding the market.
@Sypster: Chances are that I'll be re-running lots of Kingsmouth missions this weekend in The Secret World in order to get the free Funcom points for the promotion. Plus, the extra AP and SP can't hurt, right? Apart from that, I'm still fiddling with Lord of the Rings Online's Farmer's Faire, and I'm a hair's breadth away from level 50 in RIFT.
What will go F2P next? PlanetSide -- or else it'll be shut down.
@terilynns: I doubt I'm going to get much playing time in at all this weekend. We're packing up and heading to Vegas baby! The Star Trek Convention begins next week, and we're preparing for a great time! Don't forget, if you're in Vegas next Saturday (August 11th), join us at the iBar at 5 p.m. local time -- that's 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT -- and meet some of the Star Trek Online devs from Cryptic!
What game will be next to go free to play? Oh gee, I really hope it's The Secret World, then I can play with a bunch of my friends.
At the start of every weekend, we catch up with the Massively staff members and ask them, "What are you playing this week?" (Otherwise known as: WRUP!) Join us to see what we're up to in and out of game -- and catch us in the comments to let us know what you're playing, too!