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looks reminicent of that EVERQUEST game, because you have to pay a SUBSCRIPTION FEE, lets have a look at how much of your current wage they want to extract from freaks like you and 150,000 subscribers worldwide.
As in other MMORPGs, players must pay the publisher (NCSoft) a monthly fee to continue playing City of Heroes. Portions of the subscription costs go to supporting a full-time "live" team, which develops additional content for the game; other portions support the significant server maintenance and bandwidth costs. Paragoncity.com has an article on why MMORPGs have recurring fees (http://www.paragoncity.com/data/618~Pay-to-Play.php). In addition to paying subscription fees via credit card, another option is pre-paid cards that are available at video game retailers. Once purchased, the player inputs a code from the card and their account is updated to allow as many months of play as the card is good for.
As of March 2005 City of Heroes has fewer than 150,000 subscribers worldwide; placing it out of the top dozen currently running MMORPGs (according to MMMGchart.com (http://www.mmogchart.com/)). Games such as Lineage, Lineage II and World of Warcraft all have more than a million subscribers worldwide.