When I think of subscription games that have switch to the free to play model, Star Trek Online pops into my head, and has for some time.
And then I have had to remind myself that no, the game is not F2P, not yet.
Now though, that appears to have changed.
Perfect World Entertainment, which is apparently my company of the day, and which acquired Cryptic Studios back in May, has announced that Star Trek Online will be going F2P this year, or so reports Massively.
Now, as a lifetime subscriber facing yet another company changing business models, I do wonder how they will treat me. Not that I have played the game in the last year. My one year anniversary post for the game is still sitting as a draft.
The Lord of the Rings Online transition from subscription to F2P treated lifetime subscribers very well I felt. I was quite satisfied with how that turned out last summer. I will be interested to see how this plays out with STO.
And you can just bet if they shaft the lifetime subscribers, I will complain about it despite having no real investment in the game. It is just the way it has to be.