No matter how much content you can enjoy, if the game is mostly single-player (which is it at the moment), why would anyone opt to pay a monthly fee to play an online RPG when they can play free-to-play options (or options where you play the game by buying but not paying monthly) that actually fills the criteria of beeing massive multiplayer online?
Anarchy Online has always been a great game, but you can’t expect players to stick around and pay for it when there’s a ton of other games with larger playerbases that are free. It doesnt matter if you have to Pay to Win in other games, because they aren’t forced to pay to play. They can still log in, find teams and enjoy content with other players.
I wouldn’t have a single problem with paying for the game if there was the playerbase there to support doing so, I just made a new character for the free week, and I found one team in subway, that’s it, after that I was on LFT while soloing all the way to TL5. This is European time, not australia (sorry knuckle). I still can’t find a team to play with. Why would I want to pay to play a game that focuses on being a MMO experience, but lacks the players to be that?
When I resubbed last year that was also a problem, and the year before that when I checked in. There are not enough players to warrant a monthly subscription for this game. If you think it dies because lack of economy if they remove the sub, then it’s bound to selfdie from players not paying the monthly fee anyway.
It doesn’t matter how great the systems of AO is, it doesn’t matter how much content there is. If there is no one to play with.