NCSoft hopes to create a large enough fan base to guarantee sales of sequels and add-ons. Support costs have been trimmed through new technologies, and there are no free downloads. There are a lot of new technologies in Guild Wars which other products do not have, Garriott says. If others decide this is a good business model they will have to do the things we have done and that will take time. In any business, time is how you win.
A MM game without a subscription fee is certainly more attractive to me.. and well.. anyone I would think. The motives of Mr. Garriot are almost altruistic for the industry as a whole, but homeboy is lookin to make some cheddar too.