Well, apparently the RMT has hit the fan, and the resulting spackle is starting to plaster the proverbial walls of the blogosphere and beyond. Recently, some information was released about what players can expect to buy at EA-Mythic's new store. Although only a few items are actually available now, there's a pretty extensive FAQ on the server transfer service, and we'll have to wait a little longer for the Progression and Personality packs, as they're set to be released along with patch 1.4. Naturally, the drama is building up some nice momentum, and it will be interesting to see how the whine will affect this particular cheese over at the Mythic official forum.
For now, you can read past the break and enjoy my rant.
Another item that concerns me is the Herald Pet Pack for $9.99. Although the pet is described as a "vanity" pet, the addition of the words "This pet will follow you around and give you a boost!" really sticks out. A boost? What kind of "boost" are we talking about here? Well, a little research goes a long way. Without actually going and buying one, I checked the forums, and there are already players enjoying a 3% movement speed increase. OK, now I'm getting concerned. That much of a speed-boost is huge. This is where pay meets win, and the line has been crossed. I'm seriously concerned about this item, and how it will affect the game. Knowing that it is a 3% boost, I'm seriously thinking about getting this item, and I'm almost certain that there are hundreds of players who have already capitalized on this opportunity. Hopefully it's not so game-breaking that everyone and his 2nd cousin twice-removed has this item, but I can definitely see that happening. Having the Warhammer world populated by these ridiculous little creatures scratching at everyone's heels could become quite obnoxious. I've yet to login and see these little buggers everywhere, but I fear the worst.
Given the fact that all or most of those other RR/XP boosts have existed since the game went live, I'm not particularly negatively impacted by such an offer. In fact, I'm actually interested. I would love to pick up a map to easy street and get my Archmage RR capped. I've even started up a whole stable of toons on Badlands with the intention of taking full advantage of such a pack. I'll feel disappointed (and cheated, actually) if the pack is offered on a per-character basis, rather than on an account-based level. Ultimately though, the price-point is the real question. I would pay $10 for this pack if it's account-level. Otherwise, I'll be passing on this item and (again) questioning the validity of my subscription. Up until I had originally heard about this item, I was quite happy to continue grinding my Archmage to RR80, and that progression stopped dead when the information on the RvR progression pack was first released. My will to continue leveling at those high levels was completely sapped. How Mythic plays this card in the future will determine the fate of my main character.
What all of this comes down to for me is my position on RMT in general. And generally speaking, I'm opposed to it when it comes to games that also offer a subscription payment model. As I scan over some of the items that will eventually be offered for WAR, I'm not particularly offended by any of the items except for the possible precedent being set by the War Tract item and the must-have nature of the Herald Pet. I might even be convinced to throw down five bucks for a bunch of cool-looking trinkets, if only to have a handful of "I conquered the e-store and all I got was this trophy" trophies. Oh, and of course, I may have to spend the obligatory $9.99 for the Herald pet, if only to stay competitive. Ugh. /facepalm
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