Epic fail, EA. Really? Microtransactions? Really?
No. Don’t do it. I know 2009 is looking bad for you and you’re scratching titles left and right and losing money but seriously, this isn’t the direction to take this amazing potential.
This one is scratched off my list until I see John Riccitiello come to his senses and announce that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be a AAA title not seeking to be a microtransaction cash cow. I challenge ANYONE to point me to a game that was Microtransaction based and matched the quality of the subscription based game.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
And as I browse the internet this evening I come across another RMT gem…
SOE apparently puts RMT on Non-Station Exchange Servers – didn’t they promise that they would never do that? Oh, ‘my bad’, Smed consideres RMT to be player-to-player only. What should we call it then? “RMT’ish?”
Update: Since Shacknews updated their story, I’ll update mine. They added this little piece: “Electronic Arts has responded to Shacknews, reiterating that “no statements have been made about the Star Wars business model,” and attributing Mr. Riccitiello’s comments to a misunderstanding.” Sounds more like “Oh crap, he let the cat out of the bag too soon again!”