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I've just been told that on the forums the patch notes for Release 49 are up, and state the following:
Free Trial Changes: Free Trial users can now only advance each skill to level 50, but they can continue to gain experience that will immediately be applied should they purchase the game. Also, they are now limited to the Courage Path only. Note that we are switching trial users from the Love path because data shows that starting players with a sword is easier than starting them with a bow. NOTE: With these new changes in place we are now going to leave the Free Trial in place all the time starting on 12/20.
"We all do the best we can based on life experience, point of view, and our ability to believe in ourselves." - Naropa "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." SR Covey
Quote is from the R49 post draft being worked on now. Darkstarr confirmed in the forum that "Free trial time is not limited, just limited by skill limit and story."
What we're seeing now is an attempt to scoop up all the smaller amounts of money that might be left on the table. Hopefully to leverage into becoming Whales later, but either way to grab what's still there to be taken whilst they still can.
All of which is light years away from the "Buy to Own" game the Kickstarter, and Richard Garriott's press comments stated we should expect.
Only the microtransactions turned out to be macrotransactions as well.
Ultima was a formative experience for me; it taught me the value of trying to lead a moral life. Honesty. Sacrifice. Compassion... I never dreamed that one day I'd watch the "spiritual successor" to those dearly beloved games push $30,000 Golden Castles whilst encouraging the sort of cult like nastiness that Ultima VII mocked so roundly in The Fellowship...
Kyleran on yours sincerely
'But there are many. You can play them entirely solo, and even offline. Also, you are wrong by default.'
Ikcin in response to yours sincerely debating whether or not single-player offline MMOs exist...
'This does not apply just to ED but SC or any other game. What they will get is Rebirth/X4, likely prettier but equally underwhelming and pointless.
It is incredibly difficult to design some meaningfull leg content that would fit a space ship game - simply because it is not a leg game.
It is just huge resource waste....'
Gdemami absolutely not being an armchair developer