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. Â Basically, you pay $14.99 and become a “subscriber” to all of SoE’s games. Â The Station Pass has existed for like a decade — it’s nothing new. Â The lower price, however, is nice. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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! Â 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. Â Congrats. Â 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. Â Alas,Â the SoE community at large loses because the PS2 community wants to buy pistol ammo on sale. Â C’est la vie.
Thanks Planetside 2 players — all 200 of you. Â 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. Â Thanks for that.)