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Announcing a Free-to-Play Option

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Announcing a Free-to-Play Option
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mjwalsh
07.31.2012 , 04:56 PM | #101
So basically for the past 2 months this is what you have all been working on, versus releasing new content.. Awesome, so that means our nightmare mode of EC will probably be another month or two at least. Hello guild wars 2, good by swtor.
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Nohonor
07.31.2012 , 04:57 PM | #102
Quote: Originally Posted by tiarbalois View Post
SWTOR, will cancel my subscription when this occurs, as will many of my guildie's, was hoping to think this game was going to survive, it might- but not with my help. I will start to look for another game to play, will not be this part of this EPIC FAIL event.
I don't want to say it but you're leaving this game will probably be a boon, since such negativity chases away more subs than it gains.

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isnotrachel
07.31.2012 , 04:57 PM | #103
Quote: Originally Posted by Tylerlee View Post
I think you need to realise 90% of the items in the cash shop are going to be aimed at getting the F2P players to spend cash on boosts.

Someone like myself who has multiple level 50s and does not need/want to level another character only has Operations and a few more WZs to look forward to, how is that worth $15 a month?
Especially since the rate of endgame content release is likely to drop from here on out, and as it is we've gotten just 1 additional operation since launch. How is the rate we already have supposed to entice someone to a sub of $15 a month just to play it? Because knowing the rate it already releases at is about to slow I'm having a very hard time justifying why I'd pay when if I play most other F2P mmos they're new content rate may be slow as molasses but at least I'm not paying to play that slow releasing endgame content.

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Erudain
07.31.2012 , 04:57 PM | #104
Can't find the article that showed how much more money F2P games + cash shop make over P2P subs games, basically exploiting ppl addiction to the game.

So my worries are:
- How will you handle the server lag with all this new players coming? servers already barely hold and WZs lag like crazy as we are now.

- Cash shop? what do you consider "not-game breaking"? I'm cool with cash shops as long as all you sell are vanity items, or exp/drops buffs, speeders similar to those in-game, whatever.
The moment I see p2w items i'm gone (paying a sub or no) don't want to even see items like 200% speeder with no chance to dismount, costumes/clothing with +XX to all attributes, + expertice items, HP or atk speed/power buffs/scrolls, etc......been there before, is not fun.

- In game economy, you let ppl trade items from the cash shop or be BoP? what happens to gather and sell in the GTN if you sell crafting mats in the cash shop?....again seen it before, again not fun.

The big issue, it's that I've seen all this before, cash shop starts with vanity items only and sooner or later they start to sell p2w items forcing both subs and F2P guys to use $$$ to be able to compite at top end pvp/e.
That's why I stopped playing F2P games and started playing P2P ones, I can name you 10 f2p mmos where you need to spend USD 50+ just to be able to compite.

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Lurtzello
07.31.2012 , 04:57 PM | #105
Wow, there are a lot of people who have to spend 15 dollars a month to be happy.
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Nohonor
07.31.2012 , 04:58 PM | #106
Quote: Originally Posted by Erudain View Post
Can't find the article that showed how much more money F2P games + cash shop make over P2P subs games, basically exploiting ppl addiction to the game.

So my worries are:
- How will you handle the server lag with all this new players coming? servers already barely hold and WZs lag like crazy as we are now.
You do know how many servers are still locked right?

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Isharel
07.31.2012 , 04:59 PM | #107
I believe I speak in the name of most if not all Founders, when I say, give us a lifetime account. We stuck through the early days of this game, and when it flopped we stayed. It's only fair you repay our faith in you, Bioware. Ofcourse EA won't have any of that, the moneygrabbers they are.

That is all I have to say in this matter. Flame on.
Founder, unsubscribed after 6 months of disappointment, then returned for Knights of the Fallen Empire.

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Sparkymark
07.31.2012 , 04:59 PM | #108
If anyone honestly believes EA can resist going full on Pay to Win with this then I think they are sadly deluded. I remember a certain John Riccitiello and the whole 'Charging a dollar to reload in BF3' thing, god know what they / he has planned for SWTOR.

I'm not sticking around to get my eyeballs ripped out and watch this game slide down the slippery slope of 'cosmetic', wave as it passes 'Convenience' before pelting full speed to 'pay to win'.

Subscription cancelled.

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admiralstag
07.31.2012 , 05:00 PM | #109
If we can switch between paid and unpaid fine. I find some times of the year that money is tight, IE. Xmas, and if I am going on holiday why pay for the time I am away. Now as we pay by month not week, we lose a whole month of play if we cancel so as not to waste two weeks of it while on holiday. But no mention on the announcement if you can take a month or two on f2p then go back to subbing when your finances are better. And I hope that this forum doesn't end up like Star trek online, they only let f2p players post in the game error section, they have a f2p section on the forum but f2p players are not allowed to post in it. Restricting the forum for f2p players would be a bad plan.

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Nohonor
07.31.2012 , 05:02 PM | #110
Quote: Originally Posted by Isharel View Post
I believe I speak in the name of most if not all Founders, when I say, give us a lifetime account. We stuck through the early days of this game, and when it flopped we stayed. It's only fair you repay our faith in you, Bioware. Ofcourse EA won't have any of that, the moneygrabbers they are.

That is all I have to say in this matter. Flame on.
As much as i want that too, it will never happen. Money has been lost by companies who did this in the past.