I just can't help but feeling that OBT will either make this game or totally break it.
If the game isn't ready, people will just not bother spending $49.99 in fears of wasting more money on the next-big-MMO that fails.
I'd rather have a smaller, dedicated community than a massive community of whingers.
If you play an OBT and decide to not play the game for a stupid reason: good riddance to you. The majority of the players don't want you around anyway.
I have a feeling most people are just going to play this for a month or 2 kinda like when SWTOR came out.
OBT will definitely be the deciding factor for a lot of people who haven't played it yet. Hopefully they did good with the new starting area.
Just because they came out with a few large patches does not mean its doing well. CCP just laid off 20% of their staff and are still pushing out large patches bi monthly. Heck they even have a new expansion coming up called INFERNO. I'd say it did alright, considering that when it released it was #1 in Korea then a few months later it was knocked down to #3 and has been falling ever since. Regardless how it did in Korea has no bearings on how it will do over here.
Tera never went to #1 on release, due to Aion's stranglehold on the Korean MMO market, it has hovered from spots 2-4 consistently for a while.