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I was inching ever closer to actually clicking to support this game, even though I have sworn off pre-orders since the Mortal Online disaster. Then I read that they are charging subscriptions for Early Access Beta and Open Enrollment Beta... right up to release at which point they will ALSO add an RMT store.
I just do not think that I can support this as it is yet another step down the slippery slope the MMO business is heading.
I mean.. on PAPER this is the ultimate game.. it has features which make me drool and it's coming from a company that is established and has recruited actual developers (unlike other indie companies). There is obviously still a low likelihood that these features will all come to fruition though.
Yes, I fully understand that nobody is FORCING anyone to pay to play in the beta, and yes I understand that betas are costly for companies. That's why they develop a business plan and get funding to support that plan. This company is REAAAALLLY asking their fans to pay a huge chunk of the cost of creating the game. Crowd funding is one thing... this is taking it even one step further.
EDIT TO ADD THE LINK:
"I should point out that no other company has shipped out a beta on a disc before this." - Official Mortal Online Lead Community Moderator
Starvault's reponse to criticism related to having a handful of players as the official "test" team for a supposed MMO: "We've just have another 10ish folk kind enough to voulenteer added tot the test team" (SIC) This explains much about the state of the game :-)