There is a lot of information being released about the financial situation that SE is in. Now I could be wrong about my prediction and fall flat on my face here but this is my prediction of SE's next big mistake.
I believe that because of their financial situation "someone" will MAKE them pull the trigger on the 30 day fee which is rapidly approaching for the CE owners. Don't get me wrong they've been generous in providing the extension for the free-trial period and I use the term generous very, very loosely there. However I feel that if they do not extend the trial period again it could be their worst mistake since the release (which was the worst mistake bar none).
The feeling i get from the forums and speaking to friends in game is that there are a lot, a whole **** lot of people on the fence about this game. I feel if they go forward with the subscription fee you will see a dramatic drop in the population; even more so than is already evident. Basically only the die hards will remain. I feel that most of these will make that decision and never look back again. Some will I know that (I count myself in that boat) but many will not.
There is just too much competition out there WoW, upcoming Star Wars, DC Uni online, Champions going f2p, LotR already free to play, Rift, Tera not to mention GW2 which looks like it could really come in and kick some *** especially as a f2p. You've gotta respect the stance of GW2 they have all this hype going and the game looks great thus far but thier repsonse on when will it release, "when it's ready". You can't tell me they haven't been watching this "**** in a handbasket" situation and taking notes.
I could be wrong and I hope I am but if they decide not to extend the trial period again I feel it will increase that slippery slope to an unfortunate end.