Show Me The Money!August 6, 2008
So on the heels of the GOA/European Warhammer Online announcement, the Herald has also issued a press statement about the release date and the pricing structure. Happily, it looks like it’s fairly standard:
- Monthly: $14.99
- 3-Month Subscription: $41.97 ($13.99/mo)
- 6-Month Subscription: $77.94 ($12.99/mo)
This is good news to the folks who were worried back when Mark said something about WAR possibly being a higher subscription cost then the now-standard $15/month. It’ll happen some day, but not today with WAR. And that’s a good thing: a higher subscription cost would’ve kept a lot of people from trying out WAR or from switching over from WoW. The 3- and 6-month plans are nice, if also standard.
What I was kind of hoping for was a “lifetime fee”, a one-time cost that would let you play WAR as long as the game was operating. LOTRO did that, and while I never pushed myself across the line to purchase it, I know quite a few did and it helped the game out in the short term by raising a butt-load more of cash (but perhaps hurting it in the long term). Plus, it let people feel okay with taking breaks from the game and not having to play all the time to “get their money’s worth”.
Also, it’d still be cool if in the future, when EA rolls out another MMO or two, that they’d consider the whole Station Pass subscription plan idea. It’s really win-win for them and us!
All in all, however, the date of release is quite welcome (earlier than expected, actually), and the pricing reasonable enough to not be a barrier to play. Kudos!