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My first experience with "Freemium" came with Planetside 2.
I'd played Planetside 1 for more than 5years before quitting over the game just being destroyed for nonsensical gameplay mechanics that took away from what PS1 was at its core.
Fast-Forward to pre-Planetside 2 beta, and my outfit of 30+ were absolutely losing their minds since we had gotten an email a day before stating that our outfit was to receive invites for every member to get into beta at the same time.
Once in PS2's Beta we were hesitant to say the least due to the fact we slowly got a glimpse of their "Freemium" model allowing people to PURCHASE with real-money upgrades & better guns ($15 for a single gun anyone?).
Then, we were saddened by how badly Higby butchered Planetside 2 in favor of the Battlefield Franchise. They removed any inkling of what Planetside 1 was at its core, and continued with poor design decisions that catered more towards run & gun gameplay than tactical team based operations that made Ps1 the beast that it was.
All of this combined to make Planetside 2, at least for myself and my outfit, a cheaply made knockoff feeling towards the game itself. You felt no joy in retaking a base, or taking it from the enemy. You felt nothing when you unlocked something new that you worked and saved points for over weeks for a weapon or upgrade that someone could swipe their card and instanlty obtain.
Yet, when we sat down and talked about it. We realized that using their "Freemium" model, even subscribers ended up paying $750 to obtain everything that you could have obtained in Planetside 1 for a LOW monthly fee of $15. Let's face it, with inflation that we have now $15 is a drop in the bucket. Just don't buy a $20 pizza less a month, done.
Yes, the arguement can be made "but you can still get it without paying a dime!". Yea, in Planetside 1 we could work hard for a month or so and get from BR 1 to BR20, and have a choice between a TON of equipment with our spent points.
In Planetside 2 the equivalent has been stretched out for MONTHS upon MONTHS more of hardcore grinding points just to obtain the same quantity & quality of gear, but then Mr.MoneyBags comes over and swipes his card to have everything day-one....it simply destroyed our connection with the game.
Needless to say "Freemium" is NOT a popular model with us, and for me personally it destroyed what Planetside 2 could have been (also, not having a Battlefield & COD fan as Lead Designer or w/e Higby was would have been peachy too).
Why are people so willing to have more taken from them so a pricetag can be punched over it when $15/month with personal accomplishment beats it out completely? Do you enjoy supporting bad business practices? I just don't understand !
Here's hoping Smedly puts in a monthly subscription plan that allows you to bypass the store they implement completely. Tired of that nonsense in EQ2, and it hasn't done EQ1 any favors. Not to mention how badly Planetside 2 turned out.