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I want to aviod the dreaded payment debates. I don't mean to offend anyone who objects to this type of payment plan, it's only an option. We have to keep an open mind and let TESO grow how they feel best (even if they are limiting races to factions). Here is a suggestion I have for a possible payment plan.
Per Faction (4-6 months after release)
Okay, so we're getting 3 factions, how about a few payment options down the road. Four to six months after relase sell 3 separate digital editions of the game online;
Each costing $39.99 (bundle for $59.99).
Full and Limited Access
You can select one of 3 subscription models;
Non-subscribed users pick a character for a week. Xp and gold gain is reduced by 50% but the amount subtracted is collected and can be purchased later. They can PvP, PvE and explore but can't particapate in trade, dungeons or switch characters unless they buy game time.
Player Set Amount. Player can choose how much a month they want to invest. Although they can switch freely between characters they are locked into one faction each week. They are given game time per week depending on how much money is taken out each month. Any left over time can be used to purchase xp/gold boosts, previously earned xp, faction selection unlock or luxury items from the subscriber only store.
Alliance Subscribers have full access to the game and access to a luxury store. Any new items are free for fully subscribed players. They also get credit to spend on xp/gold boosts, past luxury items or previously earned xp.
* I've changed the moderate sub to a player set amount. With this I figure players can say "I want to pay 5 bucks a month", then they can set that price and they would get game per week for that month.
* Luxury store is really a generic term. I'm not sure if they are planning to do something like this. It is good to have items you can buy that don't effect game play. This allows the richer players to invest more into the game. I figured they could release 1 item a month. Players subscribed would get this item for free. I'm not totally sold on the luxury store idea as of yet - will update later.
After 4 to 6 months sell digital copies separated by factions for $39.99 each. Allow players to choose the amount they pay in subscription (if any) and give them game time depending on the amount paid. This should be done in a way that would make it ideal to have a full subscription but give players a way to play while unsubscribed.