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Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 9:32PM (Unverified) said

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Turbine did at least let you play the open beta before signing up for a lifetime sub. Another thing different is Turbine had an "open" open beta, whereas Cryptic seems to be running a "closed" open beta (i.e. pay to play). Plus it looks like Cryptic might be keeping the NDA up all the way to release.

Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 9:41PM ravenstorm said

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You can play CO open beta before committing to a sub of any kind, lifetime or otherwise. And you don't have to pay to get into CO open beta — a free Fileplanet account is one of several ways to get in.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 9:41PM Firebreak said

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They have stated repeatedly that you can acquire all of the Micro Transaction items in the game if you put in the effort.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 10:47PM Macabre 13 said

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@Firebreak

Wrong. They said you can acquire "most" of the MT items through the game...
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Posted: Aug 4th 2009 12:24AM (Unverified) said

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Macabre is correct. They have said that any item that has an affect on combat and character advancement can be gotten with effort. The special costumes and customization that are only aesthetic changes that are MT'd will mostly stay MT'd.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 9:33PM Mr Angry said

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Also it's pretty laughable that Cryptic want this game to be a success, but are making so much noise about STO, even before it's due to be tested....

Obviously they know their priorities already....

Also good point Skypp on the RMT stuff!

Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 9:37PM Anticrawl said

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Here's hoping The Old Republic is either free or offers a lifetime subscription. I'm going to spend countless hours in that game.

Posted: Aug 4th 2009 12:55PM Flicktion said

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I hear ya there, it's good to see that others are offering a lifetime sub. If we're lucky Bioware will try it out as well.
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Posted: Aug 4th 2009 12:59PM Flicktion said

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Absolutely not to it being free though, my bad but double post was necessary!
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 9:44PM TheJackman said

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Champions Online hmmm, Lifetime Subscription?!! I did not even play the game yet are they kidding me?!! And who's lifetime is that the game or my?!

Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 9:47PM (Unverified) said

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Lifetime sub? Never again. I did it on Hellgate London and got majorly screwed. Nothing but unkept promises and a shutdown.

Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 10:25PM (Unverified) said

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Hellgate: London wasn't a MMO. It was basically a single-player game with a paid subscription for online play. I've no idea why anyone thought this would be successful.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 9:58PM Atnor said

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If I'm reading it correctly, if you pre-order, you get access to the beta on august 17th... and this offer is good until September 1st, so I guess they do give you 2 weeks to try out the beta before deciding on a lifetime sub.... plus I guess the people already in the beta will have had a chance to check it out too.

Still, if it were only 1 account I would consider it if I were really into the game and expected to play for over a year. Right now I'm not that sure I would play that long, plus my wife and I would have to fork over 400 bucks for the 2 accounts... thats enough to give me pause on a purchase I'm not sure I'll use longer than a couple months.

Would be better if they offered this kind of deal for a few months after launch. This way they just look like they're trying to sucker people in before giving them much chance to consider what they're buying. Still, I might do the 6 months thing cause I wont lose too much if I end up not liking CO after a couple months, and I'd still get STO beta access. That might be a better road for me at least. I'll have to give it some thought...

Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 10:32PM dudemanjac said

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Do you guys even read the website you're posting on? Unless I'm mistaken, it has been said plenty of times that the microtrans are for cosmetic items and account stuff like character transfers. And everything in the shop can be gotten in-game if you want it and work for it. So please stop with the constant whining about the micro.

I'll tell you what does tick me off a little. That they just announced this less than a month from release. now I have to scramble to get $200 bucks together. I played COX more than 13 months I'm sure, So I don't see me having trouble spending as much time with this one.

Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 11:14PM (Unverified) said

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Let 'em whine and keep playing whatever game they're currently playing. That's less whining we'll have to listen to when the game goes live. I wouldn't want to group with anyone who would not play/quit just because they couldn't get a few extra costume pieces or the like.

I played CoX for a bit over a year as well. In fact, I just let my sub lapse for the third time since Aion and CO are coming out next month. If CoH would've had a lifetime sub when it came out, it surely would've been worth it for me, as I'd have all the veteran rewards and would still be able to play a night or so a week if I wanted. I'm thinking the lifetime sub to CO would be worth it for the same reasons, in addition to getting an additional 8 character slots. However, I can certainly see why some people would be cautious.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 11:10PM aurickle said

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I like that there is a lifetime sub option. I did take advantage of that with LotRO and have not regretted it. However, I played that game for a year in order to be certain that such a sub would be worth it for me. Not only did the game have to fun, but I had to be confident in the company behind the game. I had to know that the game was going to continue to thrive and not fade into obscurity like AoC and WAR have done.

There are no such assurances with CO at this time. In fact, the knowledge that Jack Emmert is at the helm is if anything a drawback for me. I like the idea of CO, but will it just be CoX2, or will it fix the many glaring problems that kept that game from staying fun past the first year of play? Just how much of the game will be instanced like CoX? And how much of that instanced content will be hyperpredictable templates like CoX? Why does the CO website only show four zones in the Worlds section? How big will the world really be at launch? Will there be enough content (and diversity thereof) to even keep it interesting beyond a few months? Or even one month? Without sure answers to those questions, I can't imagine buying a lifetime sub. I'm not sure I could even imagine a 6 month sub.

This whole thing could mean one of two things:

A) The developers have huge confidence in their product, such that they know people will like me will be kicking ourselves for not having bought the long term subs up front and the goodies that go with them.

B) The developers have minimal confidence in their product, and simply want to make as much money as they can before word gets out that the game sucks.

It's a gamble. With 50/50 odds like that in this economy I am holding onto my money for now.

Posted: Aug 4th 2009 2:08AM DarthCheese said

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Sounds like the developers have very little confidence in the product. Why else make the OPEN beta open to only those who either pre-ordered the game or who paid for a fileplanet membership? Doesn't sound too open to me.

Yet they expect people to be interested in a lifetime sub, without allowing the majority of them to check out the game.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 11:43PM starka1 said

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I like the idea of lifetime subscriptions especially since I put in over 4 years in CoH. It would have been nice to have been invited to the beta(applied months ago and then again couple weeks back) so even though I love heroes I do not want to be pressured into making a decision with only two weeks of play.

The NDA can't be lifted soon enough for me so I can get the real scoop(and I'm not talking about the one-sided tripe fed to us by Colin and Kyle lately).

Posted: Aug 4th 2009 12:06PM DevilSei said

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Thats why I hate these "limited time" Life-time subs. It wouldn't hurt them any to keep a "Life-time" sub as an actual payment option. Not everyone can scramble up 200 bucks, and who would want to, with all they know or experienced about the game is a bunch of PR-hype (Sorry massively, you guys fall right under this). I wouldn't.

Considering WoW's is about $12 a month for 6month payments, that would put it at roughly more than a year's worth of payments all at once. And, if left open, it means those who paid originally for maybe a few months, and find out they love it, they'll be more than likely to invest that $200.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 11:57PM Pagan said

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I always kicked myself for not taking Turbine up on the initial LOTRO Lifetime sub. This is tempting...

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