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I really think the f2p model is pretty much the future of mmos. So im just curious why arenanet didn't skip having consumers pay for the box and just give it to us for free. So many more people would play the game if they can just get it for free and then have a cashshop to make up for the money loss. Its working great for team fortress.
It's very, very difficult to have an f2p game that has only cosmetic items in the cash shop. Some people will go for that, but a lot of people won't. Thus, having the box cost money allows them to have that type of cash shop without worrying about not making money from a large portion of the playerbase. In addition, it takes awhile to recoup your development costs if your only revenue is a cash shop. Box sales give you fast money that you can use to keep developing content.
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B2P is a much better system than P2P, at least you don't have to pay triple the price (usually) to play the game for a year. Just a one time investment and you can play it forever (or as long as servers are up) like most normal games. A game like this might be hard to run as F2P, they might offer a trial for those curious though.