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Old 12-09-2008, 07:50 PM   #1
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ShackNews has reported that Star Wars: The Old Republic will feature an uncommon form of payment. Instead of being subscription-based like most MMOs are, paying a flat rate each month, EA has classified The Old Republic as a “microtransaction-based” title.EA CFO Eric Brown spoke on the matter today. “We are continuing to stick [...]

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Old 12-09-2008, 08:26 PM   #2
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>_< Well, we all knew that it would require a subscription, but this puts a bad taste in everyone's mouths. Hopefully they won't charge for every hour spent online.
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:49 PM   #3
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"So perhaps EA an BioWare are trying to move away from the traditional MMO payment plans as well as gameplay."
...the proper sentence should be "So perhaps EA and Bioware..."

At any rate, we knew we'd have to pay, but it's never nice to hear that you'll have to fork over (even more) money to play.
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:59 PM   #4
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Yep, caught that just a minute ago, thanks.

As for the payment, I suppose as long as it doesn't turn out to be any more expensive than WoW is for me right now, I'll be fine with it.


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Old 12-10-2008, 01:36 AM   #5
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Sounds overly complex and stupid, I guess I'll wait until the whole thing is a bit more detailed, but right now I'd say am a bit dismayed.


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Old 12-10-2008, 10:50 AM   #6
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>_< Well, we all knew that it would require a subscription, but this puts a bad taste in everyone's mouths.
It does. At this moment, I'd rather pay per month, but we'll see how this system will be handled.


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Old 12-10-2008, 01:53 PM   #7
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What the hell is Microtransaction based?
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:10 PM   #8
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It was brought up that the business model has not been announced yet by Sean. So what ever it may be who knows.
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:57 PM   #9
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I did a quick search on the term and now I'm even more confused than when I started - is this a 'pay-as-you-play' type thing, or equivalent to the Microsoft points idea, or is it one of those dreadful in-game mall things that require you hand over money for pixels?


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Old 12-10-2008, 03:12 PM   #10
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There was an overwhelming backlash about this on the BioWare forums. They have effectively said, "We have not decided on the microtransaction model. Seems like they were testing the waters and found them a bit too chilly. They have gone back on it. I doubt this is what we'll see.
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Old 12-10-2008, 03:15 PM   #11
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:15 PM   #12
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My guess is this means it'll be free to play, but there'll be an item mall, like most "completely" free MMO's, such as ArchLord, RFOnline, Rappelz, and such.

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Old 12-13-2008, 08:22 PM   #13
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:00 PM   #14
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Make sure to see the newer post: http://www.lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=194427
Sounds like SWTOR will not be using microtransactions, or at least nothing has been officially announced yet.


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Old 12-14-2008, 05:55 PM   #15
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Maybe It will be like that runescape game, free then other things that are "Members" only.

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Old 12-14-2008, 06:01 PM   #16
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Maybe It will be like that runescape game, free then other things that are "Members" only.
I sincerely hope not. Like everything else Runescape, such a server arrangement would be the pinnacle of lame.
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:31 AM   #17
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beats paying rediculous prices on an auction house. take a look at wow or swg. a casual player cant afford anything. id be totally happy with pay as you go content

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