I don't think we'll open that up for tourists, or change how things are accessed. But memberships aren't really going away, you just can't spend money anymore. You can still buy passes, and there are still millions of unspent Gems that players can use to buy them. Also, we're looking at ways to give out Gems, but haven't decided on anything yet. Maybe something to replace FB codes, I'm not sure.
Hmm, but didn’t Ooie say that they will soon be announcing a means to extend memberships indefinitely? She said this in one of the screenshots above. What do you think this will entail? I was under the impression that she meant there will be a way of getting passes without using gems, it will be available for tourists, or that there will be a code for it like playtest (just my thoughts though, not sure what will happen). She also mentioned that there are no plans for a gem code alternative (hoping that this isn’t the case though).
If everything is left as is, it will be pretty difficult to obtain passes every month if we won’t be able to earn gems. Soon enough, those of us buying passes will be out of gems, and it will become impossible to get passes (even through trading, since there can only be so many passes circulating until they are all used up. With the limited resources, there will already be far fewer listings). Ooie has also said that they are not going to be maintaining the game or updating anything once the client is out, it’s meant to be a legacy platform or something along those lines.