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Announcing a Free-to-Play Option

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Announcing a Free-to-Play Option
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Evildragongeek
07.31.2012 , 05:22 PM | #141
I don't post on forums often, and I for one am not a huge fan of F2P optioned games. The reason behind this is mostly because those of us who play the subscription based model up to a point worked hard for what we did get. What I usually see, and hope that this is not going to be the case here, is the destruction of moral because the F2P model makes buying end game content, gear and special items easy for anyone. I can understand old content items or even vanity items but if this game goes where you can buy your way into endgame content instead of earning it, I will be very disappointed.

On the same note however, I am looking forward to the influx of new players. This will make the game more accessible to people who just canít afforded to shell out $15 per month. Or those who play so many different MMOís that they can change games without worrying about wasting their money.

In conclusion, please BioWear take a good hard look at what you put in the micro transaction shop and donít put stuff in there that will make the subscribers, like me, just lose faith in your game.

I will continue to subscribe but if I see end game stuff for sale in the shop I might just leave.

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Beef_Cake
07.31.2012 , 05:24 PM | #142
Quote: Originally Posted by vandana_ View Post
Explain one thing to me:



If the subscribers have unrestricted access to everything what do they need cartel coins for???
Cartel Coins are a bonus to those of us who remain on a subscription base. It allows us to purchase extra shinnies from their little store. But ultimately, this isn't what the cartel coins are all about. This is a new store to throw a bunch of shinnies into to entice the F2P players to spend money to get coins so they can buy things from the store. Basically the game has gone the way of micro transactions for everyone.

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DahLliA
07.31.2012 , 05:25 PM | #143
" To that end, I am proud to say that we have a lot of great new content coming your way, and that it will be coming more frequently"

I just got a deja vu...

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Corpselight
07.31.2012 , 05:27 PM | #144
Game economy wrecked is the easiest negative to up and slap the community in the face. Game could easily be turned into a pvp based game. Worst case the game becomes about only buying and selling rares to buy gambling boxes like in perfect world international!
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I'm fairly new to online gaming so I'm not sure about the positive or negative effects this will have on the game, but more people on the servers is never a bad thing. What I am interested to know is more specifics on what differences there will be between F2P and sub players, and whether or not those differences are going to be worth 15 dollars a month.

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Mirhako
07.31.2012 , 05:29 PM | #145
Just to add to the info and stuff....

Star trek Online went F2P some time ago. Since then the graphics have had a major overhaul, top notch for an MMO.
There have been several updates to the game. Events, missions, fleet owned starbases you can build etc etc.

Just because a game goes F2P does not mean it is dead. With the economy like it is F2P is probably going to be the future. Several games are already going the hybrid route. WoW, STO and now SWToR.

Give it some time. I bought lifetime sub for STO. I was furious when it went F2P thinking the game was dead. I was wrong. I took a few months off when it went F2P, came back to amazing graphics, almost ever bug was fixed, and more content then I could finish in months of casual play.

GW2 is going to be F2P. Personally I will never play it. Not fond of the game or the IP. So for now Im playing SWToR, WoW, STO, and The Secret World. I cant afford to play everything. And was fixing to cancel SWToR in favor of TSW. Now I can play all of them. Only paying monthly for WoW and TSW. I love this game, the PvP is the most fun ive had since DAoC. While not the same the warzones are unique and very fun. I pray for huttball to be brought to WoW actually

So in short, give it time. STO is far from dead and is steady being updated. Going F2P might give more a chance to play another game. We have to remember that games are for fun. As long as you have fun it doesn't matter what people say about it. If you log in and stop having fun then move on. If you have fun then enjoy the ride!

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Othr
07.31.2012 , 05:32 PM | #146
Show me one successful F2P game.

Right, you can't, there aren't any. Still if they start releasing content patches every month I may play, a content patch every 3 months, meh, boring.

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vandana_
07.31.2012 , 05:34 PM | #147
Quote: Originally Posted by DahLliA View Post
" To that end, I am proud to say that we have a lot of great new content coming your way, and that it will be coming more frequently"

I just got a deja vu...
oh yes, me too, must be something in the air
V'ox

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Eillack
07.31.2012 , 05:36 PM | #148
Don't turn this into STO !!!


For the love of the Force, please, please, please do not turn this into the disaster STO turned into....assuming a game store is coming...and again for the love of the orce....nothing but social armors, and skins for copanions....

Quote: Originally Posted by Mirhako View Post
Just to add to the info and stuff....

Star trek Online went F2P some time ago. Since then the graphics have had a major overhaul, top notch for an MMO.
There have been several updates to the game. Events, missions, fleet owned starbases you can build etc etc.

Just because a game goes F2P does not mean it is dead. With the economy like it is F2P is probably going to be the future. Several games are already going the hybrid route. WoW, STO and now SWToR.

Give it some time. I bought lifetime sub for STO. I was furious when it went F2P thinking the game was dead. I was wrong. I took a few months off when it went F2P, came back to amazing graphics, almost ever bug was fixed, and more content then I could finish in months of casual play.

GW2 is going to be F2P. Personally I will never play it. Not fond of the game or the IP. So for now Im playing SWToR, WoW, STO, and The Secret World. I cant afford to play everything. And was fixing to cancel SWToR in favor of TSW. Now I can play all of them. Only paying monthly for WoW and TSW. I love this game, the PvP is the most fun ive had since DAoC. While not the same the warzones are unique and very fun. I pray for huttball to be brought to WoW actually

So in short, give it time. STO is far from dead and is steady being updated. Going F2P might give more a chance to play another game. We have to remember that games are for fun. As long as you have fun it doesn't matter what people say about it. If you log in and stop having fun then move on. If you have fun then enjoy the ride!
STO is a piece of crap sinse F2P and those filthy PWE overlords. Non stop "updates" of gambling schemes with lockboxes or the Zen-Store trash. STO is nothing but a microtransaction store. I pray that TOR NEVER resembles STO highly flawed F2P system.
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Tahana
07.31.2012 , 05:39 PM | #149
Quote: Originally Posted by DahLliA View Post
" To that end, I am proud to say that we have a lot of great new content coming your way, and that it will be coming more frequently"

I just got a deja vu...
So did I.. not in a good way either.
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Corpselight
07.31.2012 , 05:39 PM | #150
I am so voting for the rancor just to keep the likes of you from annoying me in warzones and FP with childish group cheers and dancing!

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everybody needs to go now and vote for the Party Jawa... if I get stuck with a stupid *** Carbonite guy or a holo Rancor I will be pissed