Age of Conan Servers To Merge, Funcom Sees Layoffs
You make an excellent point. I am one of the WoW players you're talking about.
When I purchased AoC, installed it and started it for the very first time, I was really disappointed at what appeared to be a pay-to-play beta. I stuck with it for about two more weeks before canceling my subscription and heading back to WoW.
It should also be mentioned that the game runs horribly on high-end hardware and doesn't make use of SLI. The worst part about it was being a fan of the original books and waiting for this thing for about a year before it actually came out only to be let down...