TOR - "Free" to Play
While i cant't say that i didnt expect it, it does still hurt to see what's been done to the game.
I could write a long essay on this (wouldnt be the first time) but... it just isnt worth the effort, so...
1) Severe restrictions imposed on just about everything that makes the game playable, such as the already limited quickbars (pay to unlock up to 6)
2) need to pay up to unlock the abilities to hide your helmet or unify colours
3) as far as i can tell these unlocks seem to be character specific
4) prices for these "unlocks" are just stupid. It would take the equivalent of a a months subscription just to restore the quickbars and hide the stupid helmet.
In the end, the game is the same as it was, it's just considerably more expensive.
Maybe thats intentional, to make subscriptions look more appealing. The only reaction it seems to have in me it to ilicit discust though. I cant quite figure out why though, i saw it coming so i wasnt exactly suprised at the outcome. And while paying £2 to hide a helmet in a character woudlnt bankrupt me i just cant bring myself to even consider doing it.
Some restraint on there part when selecting how to implement there cash shop would have been the comon sense thing to do (proving yet again that common sense isn't all that common), if for no other reason then to simply not make their players fell like there being intentionaly milked for all they're worth.
Oh well, RIP TOR
Yes, TOR is more expensive if you pay for everything that the subscription offers, but that would be stupid.
The point is that many players didn't feel that it was worth paying every month for (personally, I did, but do not any longer). The numbers of players has gone up, the revenues from the cash shop need to balance out the number of players who CHANGE from subscription to freeper. The good thing is, you can play a decent game for 50 levels across 8 storylines for nothing, which by any balance is a decent entertainment per (currency value of your country) ratio.
If you then feel the end game lacks enough to do for the amount you're willing to pay, then you just don't pay for it, and you haven't lost anything. If you feel you won't play the game enough this week to warrant paying for the week's worth of unlimited pvp, then you just don't pay this week.
It allows more people flexibility, and there are more people playing the game.
Not me though. There's way more for me to do in Mists, it is better, and there's more people doing it.
TOR is not dead, it's not on it's deathbed, it has just changed it's revenue model.
Bosses remaining for me to kill in TOR: 4 (and 2 of those are World Bosses)
Bosses killed in MOP (outside of LFJoke): 5 or so (depending on definition of what a raid is)
I have no real issues with the concept of the cash shop, or the change to the new model. And i do understand the basic premise behind the "free" to play model.
What anoys me is the implementation of said concept.
I've seen it done to several games now and the companies just dont seem to learn, you dont mess with the base game (that tends to upset people) you add stuff to the game that the people want to buy. It's not rocket sience.
Disabling the quickbars and leaving you with 2 unless you pay to unlock them (per character) feels like extorting money.
Adding suits, or anything else that changes your apearance, that you can customise is perfectly acceptable.
Maybe it's just me, i can aford it but it's the principle of the thing.
I'll concede the quickbars thing was weird for me, but weirder is you don't need the six you now get as a subber. I couldn't fill 4. The only way I'd be able to fill 6 is by adding pets and mounts to quick bars, which is totally pointless except for your favourite mount (your entire library of these things available from a keypress and a click).
I don't know how much the bars are each (didn't look into it as my sub was still active), but having only two level 50s it wouldn't cost much for me to get the bars required. It may even be possible to slim my dps Sage down to 3 (tanks have way too many cooldowns to do that).
Starting today, Preferred Status Players will see an increase to their default Quickbars from two (2) to four (4). If you’ve already purchased additional Quickbars, don’t worry: we will be refunding your Cartel Coins for any Quickbar-related purchase.
As always, Free-to-Play Players can reach Preferred Status simply by purchasing anything from our online store or purchasing a physical copy of the game.
Saw that... seems they anoyed a fair few people with their "interesting" choice of stuff to charge for.
They realy need to make their cash shop less "in your face" if they want this to succeed. People will buy stuff if they play it smart, making people pay for what should be standard will just drive customers away.
They'll learn... eventualy
Well I've been back on SWTOR for a few weeks now and just in time too http://www.swtor.com/info/news/press-release/20121218
That link is broken...
Me and Aronoro have dropped in on it occasionally. I picked up HK-51 when that was released. Combat is just that much smoother in WoW than SW (*really* jarring when you exit one and load in the other one).
Heard about your characters getting stripped in WoW. I could sub ya a 100 Gold and a full set of cloth greens to get you back on your feet if you want (don't have a Leatherworker). Pretty sure Lightblader would make you a weapon. All Heroic Dragon Soul gear is replaced by level 87 anyway.
If all they did was get stripped you can count yourself lucky.
Some sod down right deleted most of mine, only left me with 2, one of them being my main; as that was the highest level and im guessing they were planing to sell off the account.
Must have come as a shock to whoever did it when i resecured my account; though i had to jump through quite a few hoops to convince the powers that be that it was my account. Which is to be expected realy.
I dont much care about the other characters, i dont think any of them was past level 20 anyway. Or the empty bank. What realy anoyed me was that they killed of my hunters pet... i had that cat from day one (more or less)
What i find interesting most of all is that my account has no trasactions against it, so noone paid to activate the account in order to ransack it.
Which begs the question, if it wasnt active how did they manage to screw arround with it?
Lets just say that my confidence in WoW and its operators is less then stellar at this point
Me too Static, me too. I mean it's hacked when I didn't even have WOW installed on my PC (cause it was a new one), whilst I'm playing SWTOR using a different username, password and e-mail address and all they can say is check my pc for malware etc. I work in IT support FFS and when I pointed this out to them they send me the same reply...
Anyways fixed the link, basically it's a new expansion with 5 more levels.