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Posted 01 November 2010 - 02:50 PM
If they would want a full test on a classic shard they would need to apply a "Classic Shard Trial" so that non subscribers could log in and play. The biggest amount of fans for a Classic Shard dont play UO anymore. Atleast not subscribers of original shards.
This is just for fun, as each year they got a shard like this. This time they just made the ad sound different. (Insert american sport ad voice when reading the first lines in the ad) .. Pure marketing.
Posted 01 November 2010 - 09:14 PM
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Posted 04 November 2010 - 07:46 AM
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Posted 04 November 2010 - 10:27 PM
Considering the popularity of some of the free servers, I cannot imagine why UO would not want to push for a Classic or Hybrid of Classic/Popular Rule sets in order to draw people in. I also think they need to embrace the Free to Play initiative.
And this is why I think the whole thing is pointless. Why bother persuing this Classic Shard thing? What is the point? Isn't it going to just draw away resources from the main production shards? It's not like there's an abundance of time and money for UO these days. =P
Firstly, no one seems to be able to agree what a classic shard is. It could be anything from pre-publish 16 (which I was around for) to pre-ren (which I wasn't) to anything in between.
Secondly, and most importantly, if you can get the "classic" experience on all these super popular freeshards, why would anyone bother paying for it?
I suppose if it was possible to throw up a "classic shard" with minimal draw on the current resource pool and leave it up, it's worth it even if it only gains a few hundred subscribers, but I don't think it should be at the expense of the main production shards.
If it ever did become super popular though, obviously it would be worth considering a change in policy.