Yeah, I said it. First it was Brad McQuaid re-emerging as a developer with Sony.
Now, this, from Dan Stahl, executive producer of Star Trek Online:
The key decision to move STO to F2P over the last year was crucial to our current success and while it was painful along the way, ultimately sets us up for the future. It really makes me wonder if other games such as SWTOR wished they would have launched F2P as well, because converting all the systems over to a new business is a huge challenge.
Yes, that’s right ladies and gents, you heard that right: Cryptic (the studio that got sold off) and Star Trek Online (the MMO that flopped like the left ear of the Easter Bunny) are concerned about the long term survivability of Star Wars: The Old Republic. If anyone had told me a year ago, I probably wouldn’t have believed it. But today it not only sounds less than insane, it actually sounds right on the money.
Truly, this is 2012 kinda stuff happening around here lately.