Let’s not get into how P2W Albion is, plenty of other threads for that.
This is a thread about pure servers, of which there is literally no downsides to existing. Sub fee covers costs and anyone who doesnt like the whole gold/membership system can play on pure servers and avoid them, at a modest fee.
Its a Win-Win for everyone.I do agree that sub based games are the superior model by a long shot BUT for a sub based game model to work they have to have a very large and very loyal player base. With the narrow target audience that Albion currently is designed for (large zerg alliance / guild players) and its low retention rate (no exciting or new content after a month or so) it would not be able to survive under a subscription model. At least not with its current build.
RS has survived over a decade with its small sub base extremely well, you dont need a large base to survive with subs. Not to mention the fact you still have the core server with all its people Buy Albion Online Gold/memberships/microtransactions in the case of Albion. Even when Jagex added 07RS all it did was bring in new people, not divide the community. This isnt replacing anything, or even risking anything. Its an extra choice on the side that exists to attract people who would not be interested in playing Albion in the first place because of its business model.
No its not a win for the developers. Servers and development require a constant influx of money. The initial $30 for the game is not going to pay for those expenses. That is where MTX and gold sales kick in.Online games need a constant flow of money.If you connect to a server, that server costs money to keep up.Plus online games (such as Albion) are worked on after release. So you have to pay the artists, programmers, and other developers their wages.This requires a constant influx of money.A monthly subscription, or micro-transactions, are the only ways for an online game to be successful.
Personally I like the Subscription better than the Micro-transactions.RS is the 3rd most profitable MMO in western culture behind WoW and FF14 and has one of the highest active subscriber counts and player retention rates. You simply cannot compare Albion to a masterpiece and industry Juggernaught like Runescape in its current form.
Runescape stability, successful features, player retention, and past failures should all be studied in order to help produce the best albion online silver store.Thinking Albion in its current form though can compete with RS is delusional. There are simply too many problems, too narrow of a player base, no retention past a few months, and massive swings in development( low stability) with the debate of p2w in place.
They still have a lot of work to do before they can consider a sub model.