That isn't happening. You cannot purchase a subscription, lifetime or otherwise, to Neverwinter. No such subscription exists, and as the linked article reiterates, none is expected to ever exist.
What you can purchase is a bundle of account unlocks for a discounted price. Discounted off of what they're expected to cost, or what equivalent items in the case of the exclusives, are expected to cost in the store after launch.
It's a sub by another name, except this time they don't have to actually give the buyer anything after the initial purchase. Everyone here knows Neverwinter is going to be nothing but a parade of cash-shop catastrophes, and Cryptic is positioning themselves in such a way so that they can suck money from everyone in equal measure, instead of paying lip service to the idea that subscribers (lifetime or otherwise) get something extra.
Last edited by stirling191; 02-12-2013 at 01:47 PM.
Of course Star Trek Online is much bigger than City of Heroes. We have to travel thousands of light years to get anywhere. City of Heroes is pretty much confined to a couple of Cities, a bunch of islands, and a few cities in other realities where we only have access to a few blocks. I wouldn't be surprised if all of City of Heroes was confined to the size of a State. In fact Star Trek Online is even bigger than most MMOs. Eve might be bigger than Star Trek Online, but I don't play that game so I am not sure. The Old Republic is close to this game in terms of size, but its effective travel size is much smaller since everything is automated.