It's a fairly common model for free-to-play games that offer a subscription -- subscribers get an allowance of cash-shop currency in addition to other benefits. It's how Sony Online Entertainment
's games have worked for as long as they've had the model. But EverQuest II
and PlanetSide 2
subscribers are seeing a new version of subscriber benefits, one that removes the usual Station Cash allowance and replaces it with an item
worth the equivalent amount or more.
Every month, players are given a choice between one of several items worth up to 2000 Station Cash. This item must be selected on a monthly basis, as benefits do not carry over from month to month. While the net amount of rewards should be functionally identical, it will mean fewer options about what you acquire on a monthly basis, especially as Player Studio items are listed as exclusions from the list. If you're unhappy with the change, you've got time to say so, as the change
is not going into effect until February 3rd.
[Thanks to Balsbigbrother for the tip!]