I logged onto the game for the first time in a month. Everyone, as posted before, has 45 days of free playtime. Whether that started at a universal time or when you log in, I’m not sure.
I hopped on to my old server, Hodstock, to see if there was any activity. Sure enough, the population in Freeport had quadrupled since the last time I was on there… to 8. Out of those 8, only 2 were active players while the others hadn’t played in at least a year. One person had played since Beta but quit in 2009.
Everyone’s accounts are active and it’s free. Even the banned accounts have been reinstated. If you cannot remember your account information and really want to play, I might be able to help you. You’ll have to find your own disc, but I might be able to dig up my old accounts that a friend and I shared.
I think 2 things are going to happen: First, this weekend will be the biggest weekend on non-CLW servers since 2009. It’s a three day weekend and people can play for free. Old players will definitely come back to look around, though I doubt people will XP as much as just stand around Freeport and shoot the breeze.
Second, EQOA’s success will not be sustained for the very same reasons why it died in the first place. The game is full of memories but in reality, people do not feel like they’re getting their money’s worth. When the free trial is up, I doubt many people will resubscribe. I think active players will get used to the population growth and when that dies out, they’ll feel like they did during the first mass exodus thanks to competing games.
On a side note, last quarter WoW experienced its biggest drop in subscriptions in its history. It lost 600k subscribers for a 5% drop. Granted it’s still boasting 11.4 million players, but I find this to be really interesting news. Summer is coming up and I could see a lot of people reactivating their subscriptions. What I’m curious about is if a negative trend continues, are people quitting WoW to go to other MMO’s or are they quitting MMO’s all together? The difference being that people are valuing their $15 to another game or to another investment entirely.
Back to EQOA, this weekend will be the start of the game’s final breath. Coordinate with old friends and get in on it!