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Last week, we put up a poll asking MMOBomb readers which game(s) they would most like to see go free-to-play. You responded, and the results were pretty evenly spread out among a handful of games. Maybe it was the header image we used for the poll article, or maybe it’s all the coverage we’ve given it, but in the end, Overwatch came out on top, by a narrow margin.

Blizzard’s competitive team shooter launches on May 24, and its long period of uncertainty got many people thinking it would be free-to-play right out of the gate. As a result, it garnered 20% of the vote, narrowly edging out Daum Games’ Black Desert Online (18%), another game that was thought to be a lock for a F2P business model.

A pair of well-established subscription-based MMORPGs, Final Fantasy XIV (13.5%) and World of Warcraft (12.7%), were next, followed by The Elder Scrolls Online, with 10%. No other game received more than 5% of the votes cast. Here are the full results:


So, how did the poll match up with your personal wishes?

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. DSWE on April 30, 2016

    Keep it B2P.

    If there is anything I’ve learned from F2P games is that its community is 9/10 times ruined by kids and hackers who can just create another account and hop on to play again. B2P doesn’t necessarily gets rid of this but it definitely minimizes it. Also to you f*cks you say this game will be going F2P: It won’t. Its made by Blizzard so that should tell you enough, and It’s already quite popular so I doubt it will go F2P.

    • Unknown on May 31, 2016

      Agreed. I think they should keep this game buy 2 play if they turn it free 2 play it will just get ruined by kids at least with a buy 2 play model it will be minimized to a degree. But the dis advantages of free 2 play business model MMOs usually has a shady cash shop or a VIP membership service of some sort. Well it’s what I normally see when I’ve checked out free 2 play MMOs.

  2. Dio on April 29, 2016

    Does this mean the thoughts of only Twenty people make a game want to be free? like team fortress2? o: I feel like it’s going to happen again. Only tf2 is more enjoyable.

    • DemoDeBoom on April 29, 2016

      I can see you lack the ability to read graph charts let me help you!

      Just after the 20% there is a number (244) So its the thoughts of 244 people and not 20.

      There you go.

  3. tralala on April 28, 2016

    Poop brainless pvp, one map boredom over and over, for totaqlly stupid ideots who not understand more then this!

    • Todoran on April 29, 2016


    • Xevian on April 29, 2016

      +1 on that lol.

      People are so desperate that they voted for an arena brawler!

  4. Aarklashed on April 28, 2016

    F2P just ruin games, because it need microtransactions. And thats most of the time ‘Pay 2 Win’ and a game that’s B2P got better quality.

    • devilr on April 28, 2016

      Not really did you see any p2w in Smite ? Or League of legends ? Not in any case sometimes free to play is make right and work .

    • Demobendo on April 28, 2016

      They still are putting some mirotransactions into it. Even though its b2p so whats your point ?

  5. jose luis on April 28, 2016

    m9s… i tho they were thinking on making it f2p -.- rip hope Q_Q