SoE (or I guess Smed) took to Reddit and Twitter yesterday to test the waters with a new idea they are kicking around for the Station Pass. Basically, you pay $14.99 and become a “subscriber” to all of SoE’s games. The Station Pass has existed for like a decade — it’s nothing new. The lower price, however, is nice. The idea of feeling like I subscribe to lots of SoE titles is also something that will inevitable persuade me to more freely play other SoE games.
Despite the argument that “subscribing” to F2P games is a little goofy, there’s another more pressing issue. Originally, the new offering included the ability to buy any one item each month up to 2000 station cash (their F2P currency) but removed the 500 sc monthly stipend. On one hand this was awesome — I could choose any one item up to a $20 value and buy what would normally take me 4 months to save for — AND I could do that in EVERY SoE game each month! There were some restrictions like no bundles or something but it was an AWESOME value for everyone but that Planetside 2 players who raised a hellstorm on Reddit.
The absolute tantrum thrown by the Planetside 2 community caused Smed to remove the 2000 sc item offer and put back the 500 sc monthly stipend. Congrats. You get a $5 discount.
Some people were throwing around statements like the 2000 sc offer reduced buying power to which I counter by saying they could have spent $5 on the store, brought their price back up to $20/m for the sub, and had a 2k free item every month in every game netting a minimum $15 virtual gain.
I’d be tempted to vote with my wallet and not buy a subscription, just play EQN, and never spend more than $10/m in the cash shop if I thought it would do anything. Alas, the SoE community at large loses because the PS2 community wants to buy pistol ammo on sale. C’est la vie.
Thanks Planetside 2 players — all 200 of you. Here’s hoping Smed and his team won’t use your vocal minority for all their decisions in the future.
(Despite the poor handling of the SC stuff I do like the $14.99 all games offer. Thanks for that.)