Mechwarrior online is almost out!
As I said before, I love the Mechwarrior games! I’ve waited over a decade for a game like this!
As of today, the Founders Program for Mechwarrior Online is live and ready for players like me to spend money on.
And I WILL spend money on this.
I don’t have to, but I didn’t have to with Tribes Ascend either, and I’ve easily spent $60 on that game. The reason is simple: they provided me with a game worth my time and money. They didn’t extort it from me up front with a monthly subscription regardless of how much time I devoted to the game or how much I enjoyed the content. Quite the opposite. BECAUSE I enjoy the game so much, and because I spend time playing it, I felt the developers earned a bit of my cash – especially since Tribes is completely free to download.
I look ahead to Mechwarrior Online, and I know that I’m willing to spend money on it as well, so long as the game delivers upon its promises at release. The same thing applies to Guild Wars 2. These are three AAA quality titles that offer amazing gameplay without any strings attached. I can spend as much or as little as I want, and anything I can earn with cash I can earn with time spent in game. None of these titles are Pay To Win. None of them force me to pay a subscription in an attempt to monopolize my time. I already know I’ll bounce between them at will with no sense of obligation to anything other than my own enjoyment. Isn’t that what gaming should be all about?
More and more developers are doing it right.
The subscription model may not be dead yet, but the casket and flowers have already been picked out.