I was waiting for this, I really was. Now that the whole Star Trek Online pre-launch hype has everyone chomping at the bits, they’ve trucked out their last-minute special offers to try to entice people into extended tours of duty (subscriptions) or lifetime pricing.
We remember that this was a bumpy road for Champions — people were disturbed at being asked to drop such a large amount of money for something that hadn’t, technically, released yet, not to mention that they “ran out” of these subscription offers before the date was up. I’m sure some people felt just peachy with spending so much back then, but considering that I paid for a 6-month subscription (that is still going on, somewhere) and only played it for a month, I don’t see it as a good investment in retrospect.
So the question is whether people are going to be more wary at this same type of offer, or unwilling to pay before play, especially since it seems that they’re not getting as much bang for the buck in extras as they did with Champions. Lifetime pricing lets you play as a Borg (whee…), and gives you two extra character spots, but that’s about it. It pays for itself around the 17-month park. They’re also offering 12-month (!) subscriptions (not 6-month?) for $120 — essentially locking in a $10/month fee.
BUT there’s the fine print. There’s always the fine print.
STO’s lifetime sub, as noted by Massively, is $40 more than Champion’s lifetime sub was. And if you’re going to bite on this deal, you better do so by February 1st, when the offer ends just prior to the game launch. The final catch is that you can only get this if you’ve gone ahead and pre-ordered the game as well.
It’s pretty disappointing that they’re not showering lifetime subs — or even the 12-monthers — with every single special costume outfit that’s floating out there for the various pre-orders, as well as the other goodies. What about guaranteeing a spot in Cryptic’s unnamed third MMO’s beta?
I’m not here to judge whether or not this deal would be good for you. If you’re a rabid Star Trek fan, if you played the beta and totally love the game, if you have the cash to spare (and here we’re talking almost $300 for the lifetime sub + game), then it might be worth it. Personally, this all makes me skittish. It’s more expensive than Champions and they offer less in return? And they have to put the high pressure sales pitch to make you get this before the game comes out? Um… pass.
While I always wish that I’d purchased the LOTRO lifetime sub when that game first came out, I can’t say that about any title since that’s made a similar offer.