“Fight for Life: Just $299!”
That’s the tagline of Cryptics latest scam.Â They’ve reactivated their lifetime subscription to Champions Online — you know, that game that didn’t do so well and as a result is planning to go “free to play” to offer people a limited sample of the game in hopes of luring them in to pay for something.
Even if CO wasn’t going F2P… who would pay $300?!Â I just don’t get it.Â I do not see any present or future value.Â I say this every time we see a new “life time” subscription offered for a MMO — A MMO!Â At most, and this is generous, it should say “2 Years Pre-paid”.Â LotRO went F2P.Â Hellgate shut down.Â Champions Online was a flop and now they’re raising the price and going F2P… what next?Â Granted, some people who played LotRO for two years got their money’s worth and then some.Â I couldn’t play that long because I “finished” the game.Â In hindsight there are several games that would have been worth “a large up-front payment in faith” (that’s what I’ll call them) like EQ and DAOC but hindsight is never justification.
Someone has definitely been hittin’ the sauce.