F2P pretty much means that you are asked to use real money to purchase ingame items that are necessary to continue competitively. That is the last thing I will do. Free to play means bye-bye for me, I'm afraid.
Happy holidays everyone!
As for TERA this isn't anything new, we already knew that this wasn't a question of "if" but rather
'when" and if you don't agree then I'm sorry you , my friend, are in denial .
my guess is that it will happen when we hit the 1 year mark( some ppl bought 1 year subs lul) just me though !
Even with the additions that NHN has released, the game does not have enough content to create a F2P and Sub based model (like SWtor is attempting)
I see this in part of a problem with BHS, I don't think they are offering the tools needed for the game to succeed and are putting the publishers in a bad spot. Unfortunately, I don't think BHS can come up with simple graphical content (i.e. costumes, weapon skins, mounts) to support a item mall that is cosmetic only. This leaves the "Pay to Win" model type item mall for the game.
EME is going to get caught up in this and it is sad to say, will be forever branded as a pay to win company.
So, unless BHS has been holding onto a lot of graphical content like what I listed above, or perhaps holding on to a bunch of emotes or dances, there is not enough outside the pay to win area to not go this route.
If the NA version of Tera includes these updates Korea is giving to the F2P version, that will be stupendous. Sieges!! alliances!! OMG reasons to OWPVP.... that's the game we were looking for!!!!
Please please please do not make NA Tera go f2p
This game will no doubt eventually end up F2P some time in Q1 of 2013. We're months, not weeks, but months behind in patch notes and updates compared to kTERA. This includes nexus reductions, the T14 victor's set, another nexus price reduction, new mounts, 3v3s, and the Hellfire Pit dungeon.
It doesn't seem like they're keeping up with development whether it be due to lack of revenue from the NA servers or some other reasons. They would have no choice as the population keeps falling due to late releases in content patches (just look at everyone who quit or took a break "waiting" for 3v3s to come out)