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Pre-purchase deal semi-limited

fiontarfiontar Dana, MAPosts: 3,719Member

Arenanet have answered questions about Pre-purchase availability on the FB page today. People will be aby to pre-purchase until shortly before launch, but pre-purchase may be turned off and on at various points if beta capacity is exceeded:

https://www.facebook.com/GuildWars2/posts/10150710638754209


Many of our community members are asking about how long the pre-purchase offer will last.



Pre-purchase will run up until shortly before launch. However, we also want to maintain a high quality of service for those who have pre-purchased and are participating in the Beta Weekend Events.



With that in mind, if we max out our beta server capacity, we may *temporarily* make pre-purchase unavailable until we can bring more capacity online. Bottom line is if you want to participate in the Beta Weekend Events, don’t wait. ~RB2

Want to know more about GW2 and why there is so much buzz? Start here: Guild Wars 2 Mass Info for the Uninitiated
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  • QuenchsterQuenchster Monroe, MIPosts: 450Member

    Still waiting on Amazon.com (US) pre-purchases. They probably shouldn't have announced that.

  • Eir_SEir_S Argyle, NYPosts: 4,623Member

    I expect pre-purchase to be halted at least once then.

  • jdlamson75jdlamson75 Jacksonville, FLPosts: 985Member Uncommon

    A ploy to get more people to buy now, perhaps?

  • BunksBunks New Port Richey, FLPosts: 960Member

    Damn, that statement has two opposite tells in it.

    The, we may need to stop pre-purchase, could mean they are selling more than they expected and are getting overrun.

    Or

    Rubi's little, bottom line get in now or it may be too late- could mean they haven't sold enough to make Ncsoft happy and are trying to push up sales with a little threat of being locked out.

  • IkonicIkonic Clarksville, TNPosts: 303Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by jdlamson75

    A ploy to get more people to buy now, perhaps?

    Agree

  • KuppaKuppa Boulder, COPosts: 3,292Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Quenchster

    Still waiting on Amazon.com (US) pre-purchases. They probably shouldn't have announced that.

    I don't think amazon will do that. I thought it was a conflicting business model with amazon.

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  • DistopiaDistopia Baltimore, MDPosts: 16,912Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Bunks

    Damn, that statement has two opposite tells in it.

    The, we may need to stop pre-purchase, could mean they are selling more than they expected and are getting overrun.

    Or

    Rubi's little, bottom line get in now or it may be too late- could mean they haven't sold enough to make Ncsoft happy and are trying to push up sales with a little threat of being locked out.

    They all do this, yet to see any of them halt sales, even if they're overrun.

    For every minute you are angry , you lose 60 seconds of happiness."-Emerson

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  • QuenchsterQuenchster Monroe, MIPosts: 450Member

    Originally posted by Kuppa

    Originally posted by Quenchster

    Still waiting on Amazon.com (US) pre-purchases. They probably shouldn't have announced that.

    I don't think amazon will do that. I thought it was a conflicting business model with amazon.

    I made a thread with some GW2 tweets about retailer issues that more than likely relate to Amazon here.

  • KuppaKuppa Boulder, COPosts: 3,292Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Quenchster

    Originally posted by Kuppa


    Originally posted by Quenchster

    Still waiting on Amazon.com (US) pre-purchases. They probably shouldn't have announced that.

    I don't think amazon will do that. I thought it was a conflicting business model with amazon.

    I made a thread with some GW2 tweets about retailer issues that more than likely relate to Amazon here.

    Thanks! Unfortunately unless they somehow convince amazon US to 1. change their business model and 2. Make changes to the product listing we wont see this happen soon :(

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  • Zeus.CMZeus.CM ZagrebPosts: 1,788Member

    They just want people, who prepurchased gw2 in order get into beta, to be able to enjoy it. If too much people prepurchase then we could end up waiting in queue whole day for beta that lasts for only 48 hours.

  • JoeyMMOJoeyMMO SomewherePosts: 1,326Member

    Originally posted by jdlamson75

    A ploy to get more people to buy now, perhaps?

     Probably, but I also expect to see pre-purchase suspended at least once, even if just for good measure. So if you do want in on all the betas then your best bet is pre-purchasing the game.

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  • jdlamson75jdlamson75 Jacksonville, FLPosts: 985Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by JoeyMMO

    Originally posted by jdlamson75

    A ploy to get more people to buy now, perhaps?

     Probably, but I also expect to see pre-purchase suspended at least once, even if just for good measure. So if you do want in on all the betas then your best bet is pre-purchasing the game.

    I really don't think there'll be too much trouble selling the game.  Even those on the fence, once the game gets closer to release, might figure "Ah, eff it - it's $60 and no sub" and buy it up. 

     

    I hang out with a gaming community, and they're having a photoshop/subtitle/goofy GW2 image contest, with the 6 winners getting copies of the game bought by other members of the community.  Winners should be announed by the weekend, so I'll know whether I'm in or I have to save up me pennies and raid the kid's piggy bank (which is actually a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, ftw).

  • kanezfankanezfan margate, FLPosts: 482Member

    When Blizzard doesn't invite everybody into the MoP beta from day 1, people throw a fit and threaten to sue. When Arena net doesn't oversell to make sure everyone can get in the beta, people jump right to the conspiracy theory that they're just doing to get everyone to buy RIGHT NOW so they can make more money.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don't...

  • Eir_SEir_S Argyle, NYPosts: 4,623Member

    Originally posted by kanezfan

    When Blizzard doesn't invite everybody into the MoP beta from day 1, people throw a fit and threaten to sue.

    LOLWUT?

  • KakkzookaKakkzooka Waterbury, CTPosts: 591Member

    I think the announcement is because they've probably sold many more copies than they originally anticipated to sell and now they're trying to hedge in case they can't fit everyone in for beta.

    Because, if they hadn't sold a bunch . . . why bother with this message? They would just remain quiet and keep advertising the pre-purchase. 

     

    Re: SWTOR

    "Remember, remember - Kakk says 'December.'"

  • kanezfankanezfan margate, FLPosts: 482Member


    Originally posted by Eir_S


    Originally posted by kanezfan
    When Blizzard doesn't invite everybody into the MoP beta from day 1, people throw a fit and threaten to sue.

    LOLWUT?

    I'm comparing the reaction of the moves that both companies made, I know this thread is about GW2 and not WoW. I'm just saying it's ironic that when Blizzard doesn't invite the whole world into the MoP beta, people want to start class action lawsuits even though the wording on the annual pass agreement never guaranteed access on the first day that the beta started. Anet however tells people hey we're not gonna sell too many copies because we want everyone that pre-purchases to get in all the betas and they are met with conspiracy theories about trying to get as much money as they can.

  • kanezfankanezfan margate, FLPosts: 482Member


    Originally posted by Kakkzooka
    I think the announcement is because they've probably sold many more copies than they originally anticipated to sell and now they're trying to hedge in case they can't fit everyone in for beta.
    Because, if they hadn't sold a bunch . . . why bother with this message? They would just remain quiet and keep advertising the pre-purchase. 
     

    Conspiracy theorists need a reason to make tinfoil hats. I agree with you and I don't see why some people want there to be some evil reason for them to announce this lol

  • camil82camil82 jklkklkjPosts: 49Member

    they just should have made a larger scale beta tests, so that people can see what they are buying, basically most players are going to pre-order it blindly without testing it first.

    thats only reason i didnt pre-ordered it.

  • TyrokiTyroki Wellington, FLPosts: 183Member

    I already prepurchased myself.

    Honestly? It's the first time I've ever bothered to do so, and the first game I've honestly thought worth it.

    I don't think Anet said this just because they want people to buy more right now, I think it's more that there has already been a lot of prepurchases and they want to be sure they don't breach capacity. If they breach capacity and their servers aren't ready for it, that's a lot of people promised Beta access who suddenly can't play.

    This seems more a method of trying not to accidentally start fires after all of the PR and marketing efforts made up until this point so as not to lose customers. The aim appears to be more in line with trying to keep their promises. Saying what they said on facebook gives them a lifeline. People can't say it wasn't said now, because it was.

     

    Edit: To clarify, I prepurchased because for once I have a good feeling about a game for once. Not out of being a fanboy.

    MMO's played: Ragnarok Online (For years), WoW (for a few weeks only), Guild Wars, Lineage 2, Eve, Allods, Shattered Galaxy, 9 Dragons, City of Heroes, City of Villains, Star Trek Online (Got someone ELSE to pay for it), Champions Online (Someone else paid), Dofus, Dragonica, LOTRO, DDO and more... A LOT more. I've played good AND bad. The bad didn't last long. :P

  • ZekiahZekiah Aurora, COPosts: 2,499Member

    Lol.

    Anyone who thinks that this is anything else than attempting to grab more money is only fooling themselves.

    Marketing 101

    "Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever." - Noam Chomsky

  • OldManFunkOldManFunk BFE, KSPosts: 894Member

    Glad I already got mine. I don't want to miss the next beta weekend.

  • KakkzookaKakkzooka Waterbury, CTPosts: 591Member

    Originally posted by OldManFunk

    Glad I already got mine. I don't want to miss the next beta weekend.

    I know. And I have a funny feeling that it's going to be a stress test by default. Tons of people are buying this game.

    Re: SWTOR

    "Remember, remember - Kakk says 'December.'"

  • wowfan1996wowfan1996 NonePosts: 719Member


    Originally posted by Distopia
    They all do this, yet to see any of them halt sales, even if they're overrun.

    Yeah, with all due respect to ANet, halting sales wouldn't make sense at all. Their statement is most probably pure marketing. :)
     
     

    MMORPG genre is dead. Long live MMOCS (Massively Multiplayer Online Cash Shop).

  • BladestromBladestrom edinburghPosts: 4,946Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by wowfan1996

     




    Originally posted by Distopia

    They all do this, yet to see any of them halt sales, even if they're overrun.



     

    Yeah, with all due respect to ANet, halting sales wouldn't make sense at all. Their statement is most probably pure marketing. :)

     

     

    hehe indeed, just bought delux eddition 'just in case' :)  I dont really mind giving them money in advance in any case, which has got to be a first for a game!

    rpg/mmorg history: Dun Darach>Bloodwych>Bards Tale 1-3>Eye of the beholder > Might and Magic 2,3,5 > FFVII> Baldur's Gate 1, 2 > Planescape Torment >Morrowind > WOW > oblivion > LOTR > Guild Wars (1900hrs elementalist) Vanguard. > GW2(1000 elementalist), Wildstar

    Now playing GW2, AOW 3, ESO, LOTR, Elite D

  • MaephistoMaephisto somewhere, DCPosts: 632Member

    I really hope this isnt some underhanded way of introducing "scarcity" for prepurchases. Not that we would ever know the difference.

    For you techies out there, is there such a thing as a "beta server capacity?"

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