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Announcing a Free-to-Play Option

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Announcing a Free-to-Play Option
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Cessna_X
08.05.2012 , 08:38 PM | #911
This is really concerning for me. Having played LOTRO for years before this game, I really don't want to see another repeat of that. The F2P itself really isn't the most concerning part, what I'm really worried about is the Cartel Coin business. I can see it being positive, as long as a few conditions are met. First of all, there must not be any sort of effect on core gameplay (i.e. pay-to-win). If they start selling legacy unlocks at level 1 for cartel coins... I don't think it needs to be said the kind of disaster that would ensue. Secondly, I really hope they don't push cartel coins at every available opportunity. What really sucked about LOTRO is that virtually every UI panel had a "Visit Store" button embedded in it. I don't want to see that happen here.

Basically, as long as the gameplay remains more or less the same as it was (or rather currently is), I'm fine with this. Worst case scenario, we get a few more trolls in general chat, but it's not like I ever pay much attention to that madhouse anyway.

As a side note, I'm really glad CE owners are finally getting some love, however small. The CE vendor has always been a bit of a let down for me. Deluxe people seem to be getting left out in the cold though...

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Fadd
08.05.2012 , 08:42 PM | #912
Im all for it..I'm rich cant wait to pay to win..as it should be..LMAO
....thats no moon

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Eillack
08.05.2012 , 09:18 PM | #913
Quote: Originally Posted by Fadd View Post
Im all for it..I'm rich cant wait to pay to win..as it should be..LMAO
/facepalm ....

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Cessna_X
08.05.2012 , 09:46 PM | #914
Quote: Originally Posted by Fadd View Post
Im all for it..I'm rich cant wait to pay to win..as it should be..LMAO
Might I recommend that you try a different MMO more suited to your tastes... Farmville perhaps?

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nbrewer
08.05.2012 , 09:56 PM | #915
Quote: Originally Posted by zackinthebox View Post
F2P RUINS GAMES!
Canceling sub a week prior to it auto-billing.
Time to move on to a different game.
Congrats on killing your game that isn't even a year old... Take a look at DC Universe that is what SWTOR will ultimately become... A PIECE OF ****!
Isn't this the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I personally left DC Universe for this exact reason and now SWTOR is going to go down the same sad road.

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Oldsailor
08.06.2012 , 12:30 AM | #916
IMHO I think worrying how F2P players will affect your gameplay is a pretty moot point. I don't know if Bioware did it on purpose (I think they did), but they moved most of us onto just a few servers that are pretty full. So there is actually very little room for more F2P players to be added. (Even if your server goes from Very Heavy to Full your P2P players will greatly outnumber the F2P ones, after all you are already at a Very Heavy population.) And I'm pretty sure that once F2P comes on line, more servers will open up for the newer folks.

I think also the reason why they said they were not seperating them (F2P/P2P) is that if folks want to go from one to the other they don't have to move them around different servers. (Which cost them time/money.)

And actually (if they are devious enough) they can actually get some of us P2P folks to cough up some dough. Say you get a friend (or two) that joins with F2P. Since your server is full, he/she has to go to another server. And you want to be able to play with them. And say they come up with a "paid" character server transfer. (The devious part.) You become stuck with either paying to move a character (or two) over or opening up another F2P account. (Hey, it's business they are in it for the money.) And the model they are probably looking at, if they plan on paid character transfers is the one from WoW, where you can only go from heavy populated servers to lesser ones.

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Knightless
08.06.2012 , 01:14 AM | #917
What it means, is that lost players from the community's past could appear once again. There are places in the world where the Star Wars community did not keep pace with our view of balance in the universe. Famed items of myth and legend may appear once again, just as those who disappeared into the outer rim searching, for such famed relics. It seems a high honor to those selected, to follow the path of the masters of the Jedi Order.

All must accept, it is the nature of all worlds to change, even despite our best efforts not to.
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Motro
08.06.2012 , 05:54 AM | #918
Making the game F2P means very little in terms of acquiring and retaining players if you continue to absolutely ignore the issues which caused so many to unsubscribe in the first place. You are trying to treat the symptom, not the problem.

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xxCJ
08.06.2012 , 06:37 AM | #919
Quote: Originally Posted by Knightless View Post
What it means, is that lost players from the community's past could appear once again. There are places in the world where the Star Wars community did not keep pace with our view of balance in the universe. Famed items of myth and legend may appear once again, just as those who disappeared into the outer rim searching, for such famed relics. It seems a high honor to those selected, to follow the path of the masters of the Jedi Order.

All must accept, it is the nature of all worlds to change, even despite our best efforts not to.
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***?!?!
And you're saying this is gonna happen when the F2Pers come?!?!
Damn Jedi and their alchohol-free cantinas, it's what makes them come up with this stuff in the first place!!!
"Every time you use a napkin while wearing a shirt, you waist a napkin you could have, and would have, used while not wearing a shirt."
- Me

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DarthRik
08.06.2012 , 06:42 AM | #920
Quote: Originally Posted by Oldsailor View Post
IMHO I think worrying how F2P players will affect your gameplay is a pretty moot point. I don't know if Bioware did it on purpose (I think they did), but they moved most of us onto just a few servers that are pretty full. So there is actually very little room for more F2P players to be added. (Even if your server goes from Very Heavy to Full your P2P players will greatly outnumber the F2P ones, after all you are already at a Very Heavy population.) And I'm pretty sure that once F2P comes on line, more servers will open up for the newer folks.

I think also the reason why they said they were not seperating them (F2P/P2P) is that if folks want to go from one to the other they don't have to move them around different servers. (Which cost them time/money.)

And actually (if they are devious enough) they can actually get some of us P2P folks to cough up some dough. Say you get a friend (or two) that joins with F2P. Since your server is full, he/she has to go to another server. And you want to be able to play with them. And say they come up with a "paid" character server transfer. (The devious part.) You become stuck with either paying to move a character (or two) over or opening up another F2P account. (Hey, it's business they are in it for the money.) And the model they are probably looking at, if they plan on paid character transfers is the one from WoW, where you can only go from heavy populated servers to lesser ones.
this only works if all the p2p players on your server stay for Free to play and have not quit over it
We need RVR in this game, lets make world burn with pvp

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