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Would You Pay Monthly Subscription Fee For GuildWars 2 ?

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  • YamotaYamota LondonPosts: 6,620Member
    Originally posted by tv2zulu
    Originally posted by Yamota

    And again you are making it like Gw2 is a B2P game only where as it is B2P+microtransactions which means that any content which they add to the game will have in mind to increase the revenue in the microtransaction area and not add quality content. Even paid expansions will add things with microtransaction in mind because that will be their longtime revenue stream.

    So in other words in any games with cash shop, the long term gaming will be centered around the cash shop because that is the long term revenue stream where as in sub. based games they are free to add whatever makes the game more fun rather than what makes people go to the cash shop to have more fun.

    Nobody can predict the future but for now; while yes, there are systems like the Black Lion Chests to encourage use of the Gem shop, does it really feel like the game is build primarily with the idea in mind, to get you to spend gems?

    I really don't feel that at all. There tonics, boosters, cosmetic items and account improvements, yes, but none of them really feel mandatory at all to enjoy the game at its full potential. If there really is something you want, earning the gold to buy it without spending money is perfectly viable.

    Unless you spend it all on legendaries or similar. Is that really what a game needs, to qualify for a "good" B2P game, for everyone to be able to run around maxed out in every regard, with a time investment suitable for a casual player, without doing a single microtransaction?

    You are assuming that the cash shop wont change, it will. When the revenue from the boxes start to dwindle then they will add more stuff to the cash shop to increase their revenue stream.

  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,563Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Mannish
    I dont mind paying a sub fee for a game but GW2 is simply not worth it. Its not even worth the box price they are charging now. Game should be free download then free to play with cash shop.

    Not gonna happen as they need box sales to pay for the dev cost as well as CDN cost for patch/client downloads and data center hosting.

    each major expansion will cost $$ so maybe they will offer the base game at a discounted price after the first expansion.

     

  • tv2zulutv2zulu CopenhagenPosts: 73Member
    Originally posted by The_Korrigan

    Well, like I implied I don't play the game that much.

    If you can't progress without microtransactions that is indeed a "no-no" in my opinion, but what are these items and are they so expensive that you couldn't reasonable be expected to have earned enough TP ingame at the level they become a requirement?

    TP gains in game are a joke when a simple legendary legacy costs 700+ TPs.

    As I said, for people like you and me, it's ok (even more for me with my lifetime account, I don't even pay expansions =P), but for the "normal" player who plays the crap out of the game, it becomes quickly expensive.

    I haven't even reached Moria content yet, even tho that was the expansion I bougt to unlock most premium restrictions, so legendaries haven't really been a concern of mind.

    I was under the impression tho, that the basic legendary system was free?

    Does it cost TP even for subscribers, because "playing the crap out of it" is pretty much my treshold for when a F2P game can be expected to turn into "microtransaction or sub required".

    I guess I just demand less from a F2P game. I certainly don't expect it to be free forever if I end up liking it so much that I tear through the content.

    I see the F2P model more as a no barrier to entry, as opposed to "has to be free forever for everything". Which is why I tend to prefer the LotRO model over GW2.

    You can get the game installed, check performance and if you like the controls and the setting/lore of the game. Play a large chunk and if you like it, it really only costs a few dollars to play it sub-free for a very long time. With a lot of below standard F2P options out there, not having to put money down upfront is a big incentive for many.

    With the GW2 model, you are out 60 bucks, even if you un-install after a few hours. I guess those 60 dollars is what buys you are very reasonable and well done cash shop, but if you end up not liking it, that doesn't do you much good :)

     

  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,563Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Istavaan
    Originally posted by Purutzil
    Originally posted by Istavaan
    I've paid a monthly sub for lower quality mmo's so yes i would. If rift can justify a sub then so can gw2

    Didn't know Rift was low quality. Then again i guess I'm the opposite of you. I'd happily pay monthly for rift but GW2 I'm honestly upset I even paid for the game to begin with... it honestly felt more like a $20 B2P game to me then the $60 I paid.  Its all personal opinion though so to each his own. You feel its worth Monthly and feel rift is lack luster, I think rift is one of the best MMOs out there (particularly if your main love is raiding) and GW2 ended up feeling like a very weak AAA title.

    I never said it was low quality, i said if rift can justify a sub then so can gw2. I thought rift was a huge disappointment..they hyped up how the world changes and also they hyped up their invasions..in the end rift is just another end game raiding wow clone. if i wanted a wow clone i'd just play wow.

    And wow is just a raiding EQ clone if I wanted an EQ clone I'd play EQ. (I actually do play EQ, still the best PvE game on the market to me, obviously not for everybody)

    the reality is that all the clones have features that make them unique in some aspects and that appeals to some folks. IMO Rift is far superior to WoW especially with Storm Legion.

  • RecoreRecore Posts: 5,098Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DMKano
    Originally posted by Mannish
    I dont mind paying a sub fee for a game but GW2 is simply not worth it. Its not even worth the box price they are charging now. Game should be free download then free to play with cash shop.

    Not gonna happen as they need the box sales to pay for the dev cost as well as CDN cost for patch/client downloads and data center hosting.

    each major expansion will cost $$ so maybe they will offer the base game at a discounted price after the first expansion.

     

     

     

    Aint Planetside 2 going to be a free download and play with cash shop?

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  • The_KorriganThe_Korrigan EastPosts: 2,630Member
    Originally posted by tv2zulu

    With the GW2 model, you are out 60 bucks, even if you un-install after a few hours. I guess those 60 dollars is what buys you are very reasonable and well done cash shop, but if you end up not liking it, that doesn't do you much good :)

    Actually, if you only played a "few hours" and didn't like it, ANet offers full refunds. Hell, people with a level 80 char and 100+ hours played managed to get a refund - which is pathetic and sad, but well...

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  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,563Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Mannish
    Originally posted by DMKano
    Originally posted by Mannish
    I dont mind paying a sub fee for a game but GW2 is simply not worth it. Its not even worth the box price they are charging now. Game should be free download then free to play with cash shop.

    Not gonna happen as they need the box sales to pay for the dev cost as well as CDN cost for patch/client downloads and data center hosting.

    each major expansion will cost $$ so maybe they will offer the base game at a discounted price after the first expansion.

     

     

     

    Aint Planetside 2 going to be a free download and play with cash shop?

    It is - but their cash shop will be a ton more aggressive as that is their sole source of $$

    f2p games always have aggressive micro trans models.

    b2p games are usually more relaxed near launch due to revenue coming in from box sales, and then it's up to them to keep pumping out b2p expansions to keep up their revenue stream. So  you end up paying close to a monthly sub fee if there are couple of $60 expansions a year.

     

  • tv2zulutv2zulu CopenhagenPosts: 73Member
    Originally posted by Yamota
    You are assuming that the cash shop wont change, it will. When the revenue from the boxes start to dwindle then they will add more stuff to the cash shop to increase their revenue stream.

    There's nothing in the GW1 shop I'm concerned about, I'm fine with that in the GW2 shop.

    As for expanding upon what is in the gem shop; more boosters, costumes etc. Nothing that really concerns me.

    I really doubt ANet will go down the semi pay-to-play route. They are the only developer who have run a B2P game before, with GW1, as opposed to the other publishers and developers who had to shoe-horn the cash shop into their games post launch.

    TSW had it at launch and I really see no similarity in Funcoms and ANets attitude towards their cash shop.

    The pretty high drop-rate of Black Lion Keys, transmutation stones, mystic coins and dyes doesn't imply to me, that the average player has to worry about teh future of the cash shop in GW2. At the end of its lifecycle, that's a different scenarion.

    That's not to say it couldn't go in the wrong direction, but I'll give ANet the benefit of the doubt as they actually have presedence with sustaining a B2P game with expansions and a reasonable cash shop.

  • loulakiloulaki PatrasPosts: 918Member Uncommon
    the monthly sub is the reason i dont play EVE, SWtoR, TERA, why this changes with GW2 ? and i am fan of GW2 ...

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  • LoLifeLoLife LA, CAPosts: 174Member
    If GW2 ever went P2P I would never sub because GW2 fits in my game time perfectly, right now I'm playing TorchLight 2 & Skyrim and feel no pressure to go back because of wasted sub cash.
  • RecoreRecore Posts: 5,098Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DMKano
    Originally posted by Mannish
    Originally posted by DMKano
    Originally posted by Mannish
    I dont mind paying a sub fee for a game but GW2 is simply not worth it. Its not even worth the box price they are charging now. Game should be free download then free to play with cash shop.

    Not gonna happen as they need the box sales to pay for the dev cost as well as CDN cost for patch/client downloads and data center hosting.

    each major expansion will cost $$ so maybe they will offer the base game at a discounted price after the first expansion.

     

     

     

    Aint Planetside 2 going to be a free download and play with cash shop?

    It is - but their cash shop will be a ton more aggressive as that is their sole source of $$

    f2p games always have aggressive micro trans models.

    b2p games are usually more relaxed near launch due to revenue coming in from box sales, and then it's up to them to keep pumping out b2p expansions to keep up their revenue stream. So  you end up paying close to a monthly sub fee if there are couple of $60 expansions a year.

     

     

     

    I think all mmos should be free download and free to play with a cash shop. The hard part is designing a good cash shop that does not give unfair advantage to people who are willing to spend more then others.

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  • TwoThreeFourTwoThreeFour Virginia, VAPosts: 2,131Member
    Would definitely pay for subscription if the item mall is dropped, or at least for a few months until I get too bored,. so I voted yes.
  • just1opinionjust1opinion Kansas City, MOPosts: 4,844Member

     

    I said no because, essentially, I am already paying monthly via the cash shop.  I keep it to 15 USD or less, but I do it monthly to support the game and to get some stuff I want for myself, like converting gems to gold for one.

    So no, I wouldn't pay a sub as the game stands, BUT....if they removed the cash shop and I had no other way of supporting the developers, then yes I would pay a sub.  That option wasn't on your survey, which having only two answers will have misleading results.

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  • SiugSiug TallinnPosts: 1,236Member Uncommon
    I don't regret paying 38 euros for the game because I can log in any time I want but for me personally it's too shallow to be worth a sub. Got bored really quickly but I'm sure I'll go back some day and try another class, maybe guardian. 
  • RaysheRayshe London, ONPosts: 1,284Member
    If the game could keep up with Content releases monthly and not go the expansions route i would give it a thought. However i dont see them doing that any time soon.

    Because i can.
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  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member
    Originally posted by Rayshe
    If the game could keep up with Content releases monthly and not go the expansions route i would give it a thought. However i dont see them doing that any time soon.

    umm they are going the free content route with paid expansions as well.. first content patch comes monday with the halloween event.. guess you missed this

    https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/colin-johanson-outlines-guild-wars-2-live-game-development/

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  • tank017tank017 Glendale, CAPosts: 2,192Member
    Originally posted by Yamota
    Originally posted by Istavaan
    Originally posted by Yamota
    Pretty dumb poll if you ask me because if you ask if people would pay for something they currently get for free then obviously the answer would be no, for most people. Now if you instead asked if you would pay a sub. fee but in return they would get rid of the cash shop and have content on a monthly or bi-montlhy schedule then I think the outcome would be different.

    What mmo puts out content on a monthly or even bi-monthly basis?

    Old time MMORPGs did. AC 1 and EQ had regular content added over time but it was just an example. The point is what they added content over time and big content additions were in expansions. I much rather have that than a model which will add content based on you going to the cash shop.

    Rift and TSW put out content constantly as well

  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,931Member Uncommon

    Not a chance.  I wouldn't have even bought it if it had a sub.

     

    I hate endgame in GW2.  It is not worth a sub at any price to me.

  • LordOfPitLordOfPit North Bay, ONPosts: 86Member
    I recently cancelled my subs in TERA and SWTOR. If any MMO wants my money these days, it has to be free or offer a one-time fee. If I were to play a new MMO now, I'd only consider those offering Lifetime subscriptions, Buy-to-Pay model without a sub, or F2P.
  • winterwinter El Paso, TXPosts: 2,276Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Yamota
    Originally posted by The_Korrigan

    One of the major differences between B2P model and sub based MMORPGs is pretty simple.

    In a sub based model, the purpose of the developer is to make you pay to play as long as possible. That's why those games have a ton of built in mandatory grinds the player has to go through to remain competitive. They can release content whenever they want, they are in no hurry, as long as the hamsters keep on running the threadmill. A raid with a few bosses will keep them busy 6+ months, and will therefore generate 6+ months of subscription income, how convenient! Not much effort on developer side, for a huge return. $15 per month to grind the same stuff over and over again because developers are lazy.

    In a B2P MMORPG like GW2, they can't rely on those threadmills, since there's no subscription fee, so player would just run the hamster wheel for free. They are kind of forced to release regular quality content additions which contain elements the player will want to buy in order to generate income. There's no point in adding a raid that players will farm for 6+ months in GW2, that would be wasted developer time. This first content addition, halloween, is free with some elements sold in the cash shop, but I expect to see bigger paying expansion packs with a ton of content coming quite soon too.

    I personally prefer paying $30 or even more (depending on quality/quantity) every few months and get new content often than to pay $15 per month for 6 months to be able to farm the same stuff over and over again.

    When I play WoW now, I go through the new content once and cancel my account until the next content release, because I think grinding the same scripted mobs dozens of times to get some virtual purple item is not worth $15 per month.

    You are looking at the worst possible scenario for sub. games and try to make that the norm. Where as in fact most sub. based MMORPGs I have played had a lot more content added to them then a F2P/B2P game.

    And again you are making it like Gw2 is a B2P game only where as it is B2P+microtransactions which means that any content which they add to the game will have in mind to increase the revenue in the microtransaction area and not add quality content. Even paid expansions will add things with microtransaction in mind because that will be their longtime revenue stream.

    So in other words in any games with cash shop, the long term gaming will be centered around the cash shop because that is the long term revenue stream where as in sub. based games they are free to add whatever makes the game more fun rather than what makes people go to the cash shop to have more fun.

     +1 ^this^  many f2p players and b2p players look at things in a very narrow and not truely accurate or full view. Weither its becasue they really don't know due to limeted experience (ie how can someone whose never played a subscription mmo because they don't think any mmo is worth a subscription judge all subscription MMO's? ) or because it just doesn't support their every game should be f2p arguement is hard to say.

  • clumsytoes44clumsytoes44 portland, ORPosts: 463Member
    If I wanted a sub fee game with CS, Iwould have stuck with lotro. Lotro should be labeled as limited F2P imo.
  • The_KorriganThe_Korrigan EastPosts: 2,630Member
    Originally posted by winter

     +1 ^this^  many f2p players and b2p players look at things in a very narrow and not truely accurate or full view. Weither its becasue they really don't know due to limeted experience (ie how can someone whose never played a subscription mmo because they don't think any mmo is worth a subscription judge all subscription MMO's? ) or because it just doesn't support their every game should be f2p arguement is hard to say.

    GW2 is the first f2p/b2p game I really enjoy, and I've been playing MMOs in their graphical incarnation since UO beta (and text MUDs before). I usually dislike the f2p/b2p model. I also certainly have more varied MMORPG experience than many who post here, having played many games not centered on a end game gear grind, and many which aren't another EQ or WoW clone, so I'm definitely not just a noob with "limited experience".

    So all your assumptions are, like most assumptions, totally wrong.

    But please, be my guest and try again. Try to use your own facts this time, and not assumptions about people you don't know.

    If you wonder why I don't answer your posts, it's most likely because you are on my block list - so don't waste your time.

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  • VengerVenger York, PAPosts: 1,318Member
    Originally posted by Sentime
    Originally posted by romanator0
    Originally posted by GeezerGamer
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    should of added a third option that said "I wouldn't pay a sub fee for any themepark MMO"

    He want's to know if GW2 is worth the sub fee. Not other games, if you would never pay a sub fee for any theme park then by default you answer here is No.

    The options that are given aren't enough to determine whether people feel GW2 is worth a sub or not.

    Let's say that 70% of the voters say "no". This doesn't say whether people feel GW2 is worth a sub or not because maybe some people voted no because there isn't a game they feel is worth a sub yet, others might vote no because they feel that paying a sub is a stupid concept and no game ever will be worth a sub. The current options don't allow for enough information to answer the OP's question.

     

    What?

    Would You Pay $14.99 Monthly Fee for GuildWars2?

    How can you make the question more simple or direct? 

     

     

    The question is simple and directed.  How the results are spun is what is not simple or direct at all.

  • MuntzMuntz Minneapolis, MNPosts: 332Member Uncommon

    No, I hope GW2 breaks this model for more games but I doubt the sub model is dead. The sub fee was born because the need to maintain the equipement and bandwidth needed to run the game. It was very expensive it no longer is. Hell, at one time carriers were trying to push a pay per bit rate used model because they would have made more money. They don't any more because a fixed monthly fee is now a model that makes them more money, bandwith is cheaper.

    People are used to a sub model for MMOs it's a business dream.  There are many businesses that would love to sell a product and then have you pay a monthly fee afterward. 

    Time will tell but I believe they will be relying on expansions as much as if not more then the cash shops. It was true for GW1, its not there first rodeo. I will say I felt that the expansion in content of GW1 far out paced anything I was getting from previous sub based MMOs. Sub based MMOs have paid expansions too, that is where the big content updates come so what is my sub paying for again? 

  • GreyfaceGreyface Detroit, MIPosts: 390Member
    Nope. But I refuse to pay a sub for any game these days. It inevitably leads me to feeling an obligation to play.

    Online games outside the MMO world manage to make money without subscriptions. Bandwidth isn't as expensive as it was 10 years ago. I'm happy to pay for content updates, but a sub puts me in the position of passively purchasing content I'll never use (e.g. SWTOR's legacy system, arenas in WoW, everything in TSW). I don't demand f2p necessarily -- I hate being sold to in game as much as I dislike feeling like I'm wasting money by not playing 5 hours a day. But b2p suits me just fine. I'll pay $60 for a good game, and more for DLC relevant to my playstyle. But I just can't justify paying the same price every four months when I could buy an entirely new game (or two) for the same money.
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