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Posted: Dec 7th 2009 5:15PM Akhen said

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I cringed, hard.

Posted: Dec 7th 2009 5:25PM (Unverified) said

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This is exactly Cryptic did with Champions Online, it backfired for them with me. I tried the open beta and was throughly disappointed so I cancelled my preorder.

Also, heres a hint Cryptic, a beta is supposed to be a TESTING tool, not a marketing ploy.

By all means offer a head-start for pre-orders but don't do it under the guise of an open beta, which is far from being open. Also don't do it through file-planet like you did for CO, they suck. Hard.

Posted: Dec 7th 2009 9:53PM Cendres said

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Nope not anymore, open betas are for marketing mostly and stress testing a bit. That's about it. Money and making back what they put into these games is their top priority and with good reason. **Points at the recent releases of MMOs in the last 2 years**

Gone are the good old days I'm afraid, open betas aren't betas at all they are trials and bonuses, rewards for pre ordering and supporting the game ahead of time. If you think about it as a business it makes sense and it's hard to fault them for it.

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Posted: Dec 8th 2009 4:39AM pcgneurotic said

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You forgot to add IMHO to "Also don't do it through file-planet like you did for CO, they suck. Hard."
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Posted: Dec 8th 2009 10:52AM (Unverified) said

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Agreed. I went through that beta hell with Champions Online. I had it preordered and everything. After the FilePlanet crap and the dismal "beta" experience I canceled the preorder. Betas are not marketing ploys, they are betas. Cryptic tried to have their cake and eat it too.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2009 5:33PM (Unverified) said

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I absolutely cringe every time I see companies offering "bonus" items that affect gameplay.

You are basically at a disadvantage from day one unless you pre-order. And not just early access- stat and game-affecting gear. It's basically like opening up a hidden cash-shop. Can someone with $350 to blow get all the rewards attached to their account? Bad call, imo. Bonus items for MMOs should always be aesthetics only.

Posted: Dec 7th 2009 6:06PM Noah K said

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No. They can't.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2009 6:26PM CCon99 said

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In CO you could get all the pre-order items. For every pre-order made, you get a code that can be applied to your existing account. Things could have changed since their last botched launch where they might not allow it, but you could add multiple items in CO.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2009 6:34PM (Unverified) said

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No you can't. You could apply all the pre-order codes but the retail key unlocks only 1 pre-order code.
For example you got all the pre-orders but bought the game at EBGames, you only get the EBGames pre-order unlocked.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2009 8:50PM CCon99 said

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Then my account must be bugged because I have the Anti Gravity Boots and the Harlequin hat/Grenade Belt on my account.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2009 9:09PM CCon99 said

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My account might be flagged for both the EB and Amazon items because I didn't add the codes to my account till after I added my retail key. I was a closed beta tester so I didn't need to use the pre-order code for the head start.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2009 10:33PM (Unverified) said

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It shows up in the account but not ingame. I know this because I had to call to know why the rest of my pre-ordered items weren't showing up in game.

I got Amazon, EBGames and GoGamer.com pre-orders on my account but not ingame since according to a Cryptic Rep that I talked on the phone, Pre-Orders are tied to your retail key.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2009 5:38PM spamero said

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no no no... I will never preorder whatever the game gonna be.

Fool me once .. shame on you.. fool me 10 times.. yeah... I am a moron

Posted: Dec 7th 2009 5:54PM Berzerk said

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You'll probably be able to purchase all this bonus content in 6 months for $5 a pop.

Posted: Dec 7th 2009 6:34PM (Unverified) said

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^^^ Sounds about right.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2009 6:52PM DarthCheese said

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No kidding, definitely not worth preordering.

Seems not even Cryptic expects too many customers subscribing after their first month.
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Posted: Dec 8th 2009 6:02PM Berzerk said

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I'm sticking with EVE...
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Posted: Dec 7th 2009 6:03PM (Unverified) said

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Money first, then open beta access?

It's like they expect their game to be horrible.

I've been a fan of Star Trek for 41 years now. It was nice to hear that they added bridges to the ships. But, how much can actually be done from that bridge? If they had sent me an invitation to open beta without attaching strings. I might have tried it. Now, Cryptic would have to pay me to play their game.

Posted: Dec 7th 2009 8:08PM Krag said

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Shut up. So because they wouldn't let you play early (beta sucks) you're just not going to play their game? You show them, not trying something you've been a fan of for 41 years.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2009 9:22PM CCon99 said

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Why should they shell out $50 to blindly try a game from a company widely known for using smoke and mirrors? The fact that a fan of 41 years has doubts on a game they were really looking forward to, should tell you everything about the impressions on Cryptic's next rushed to launch game.

Take your own rude advice.
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