Well Champions Online seems to be getting everyone worked up lately! Check out what Keen and Graev, Bio Break, and Player vs Developer had to say about Cryptic offering lifetime subscriptions for $199 and 6 month discounted subscriptions for $59.99…
The catch? You have to do it before the game comes out. That’s right before you get a chance to play the game, before you get a chance to judge if you enjoy the game, like the community, or any other number of factors that go into deciding if you wanna stick with a game or not. This seems really shady, and reeks of desperation. Why take this offer off the table after people play the game? It should be an option for AT LEAST a month after the game is released, but 3 months seems more reasonable personally. Also the price seems a little steep. I think I might be more willing to go for a lifetime subscription to a game if it were priced more around $150 range.
Something people should keep in mind with this whole deal though is that Bill Roper is one of the lead designers for Cryptic. The same Bill Roper who once was the CEO of Flagship Studios. Remember Hellgate London? Remember it’s Lifetime Subscription? Remember how well that turned out…yeah thought so. Now maybe everything is just fine over at Cryptic, and this isn’t really as desperate as it looks. I hope it is, and honestly things probably are just fine over there, but the track record here is definitely something to keep in mind.
As for the discounted six month subscription. Well that’s just brilliant! The price alone would be enough for me to want to take it, but add to that the extra goodies you get AND automatic beta invite to Star Trek Online too!? That’s something that I would jump on in a heartbeat if I were planning on pre ordering Champions. I wish NC Soft would do something like this for Aion as a matter of fact! (hint, hint)