It feels like I’ve entered the Doldrums. There is absolutely nothing going on! Anyone else feel the same? I couldn’t bring myself to write these past three days because I hate writing for the sake of writing. I’m breaking my silence today just to comment on a few things.
Champions Online is joining the ranks of “Free to Play Pay” “MMO’s”. This marks yet another failed game going this route in an attempt to make more money. I’m against F2P games to the point where I write scathing anti posts, but maybe I don’t have to try so hard. Any intelligent being can see the trend. This is the route games take to retire. AAA/High Quality/Highly Funded (you know what I mean so don’t nitpick) MMO’s are STILL not launching as F2P. F2P is the backup plan.
F2P is a seemingly successful business plan. It does, to my knowledge, often increase revenues for games that were doing poorly. However — and this is where things get a bit tricky — it’s still not good enough to be Plan A. Time and time again F2P is simply Plan B or the model for mass-produced shovelware titles. I think the trends really are starting to speak for themselves. We’re still without a AAA F2P game.
Enough of that folderol though.
Tribes Universe’s Alpha Application is now available. Hi-Rez has stated that priority will be given to Global Agenda level 50 players. That’s a bit curious, isn’t it? Aside from any contrived plan they may have to get people to buy or start playing GA again for a chance to play beta, I’m worried about what impact it will have on Tribes.
People who play GA and reach level 50 probably like GA. Hi-Rez is making Tribes Universe because it’s (hopefully) going to give players what GA did not. Do we really want the GA fans testing Tribes? I don’t! Ideally, Alpha Testers (who, let’s face it, are the only real testers that matter since Beta testing is a joke now), would be those who played Planetside and Tribes — you know, the games that Tribes Universe is drawing its inspiration from. I hope that some effort is made to insure that the minority of testers are GA players and that hopefully they’re only there because they’re supposedly “skilled players”, and not just there to tell Hi-Rez what they want to hear.
Last and most important of all: Only 12 more days until Call of Duty Black Ops! It can’t come soon enough.