What unlock did giving away Tionese gear force F2P people to buy ~ that they didn't already have to buy when they dinged 50?
I didn't say forced. I said encouraged. Helped along. Nobody is forced to do anything.
They already had to buy the same unlock just to spend their daily comms on anything besides schematics . Or to equip the exotech gear or the columi implants that drop in any of the SM lvl 50 FPs.
You can't do ANY endgame gear progression without that unlock - and it starts BEFORE you even get to Tionese. The "Call to Action" was already there.
No it wasn't. All those things are slow and require user input. Do a daily, more like a few, run some regular flashpoints. None of those things are fast, instant or cause any immediate reaction. They take time. A magic quest with instant gear on the other hand...
/facepalm it's not difficult people
I never said I trusted anyone trying to sell me anything. And I certainly don't trust EA/BW. This is the first product either company has released since the early 90's that I paid more than $20 for.
But this Tionese gear conspiracy theory doesn't even make any sense. All the gear grant does is save people the hassel of grinding dailies for a week.
I would bet the farm that the conversion rate on gear acquisition unlocks jumped up alot after this quest was added. To bad we will never see the numbers, but that's okay, I've seen enough of these types of conversion numbers to know I'm right.