Tell me if you’ve heard this before:
Subscription MMO hypes pre-orders with exclusive content, early access, special bonuses, rainbow sherbet, etc. Beta is still under NDA and although all of the hype and writing still talks about 100s of features, beta itself only has about 10% of all of that working, with the rest ‘coming soon’.
MMO launches, devs promise to deliver the 90% of the game that is missing ‘shortly’, and everyone realizes they pre-ordered or just bought a pile of crap.
A month or two later, the MMO in question goes F2P, with everyone who already bought the game (and god help you, a lifetime sub) getting some ‘exclusive’ bonuses for being loyal sucke… err fans. Said bonuses may or may not be wanted, may or may not be available to everyone else for half/full/double the cost, and the game itself may or may not still be a total trainwreck of fail.
The latest winner of this great MMO scam practice is Need for Speed World (and am I reading this right, you can actually BUY speed enhancers to ‘aid’ you in winning? Why not just sell wins directly?), but NFSW is certainly not the first MMO to pull this off, and certainly won’t be the last.
And lets be honest here, if you can pull off the switch from sub to F2P that quickly, that seamlessly, does anyone really believe you intended to go with the sub model to begin with? Of course not, but how else can you cash in on any of the fans who bought into the hype and supported you day one than to pretend you intend to go with a subscription model (that includes an upfront box cost), collect the suckers cash, and then switch into your real model and pray no one notices your trash game is trash because it’s in the F2P bin.
Now excuse me, I have a feature list to put together, some screen shots to doctor up, and a pre-order page to launch.
Chuck-o-the-day: A solar eclipse is the suns attempt to hide from Chuck Norris.