I think I’ll just let you read all this over at Massively.

What did I *just say*, Cryptic?  Don’t make your upcoming zone expansion paid.  It’s not worth the extra bucks from paid subscribers vs. the PR hit and any loss of current/returning subscribers.  Plus, one zone is not an expansion, unless it’s the biggest freaking zone you’ve ever made.

Question: is there some secret competition out there between MMORPG studios to see who can shoot themselves in the foot the worst and most frequently?  And if so, who takes home the awards at the end of the year?

18 thoughts on “/facepalm

  1. Hudson (jason) January 28, 2010 / 4:40 pm

    Imagine the lifetime subbers who now have to pay for that zone heh heh

  2. arbitrary January 28, 2010 / 4:43 pm

    Cryptic 🙂

  3. Maladorn January 28, 2010 / 4:52 pm

    “And if so, who takes home the awards at the end of the year?”

    The one with the least foot left.

    Why the decision to shaft the lifers? Unless they are talking about a true expansion (30-60% of the size of the original game, in my rough, offhand, and arbitrary reckoning), why wouldn’t they wrap it into the lifetime deal? I have a hard time believing that there are enough lifers to make missing out on $10-$15 each worth it. And if it costs more than that, they have other problems anyway.

    This almost sounds like Cryptic had a meeting in which a developer said something like “We’ve got a new zone to help round out the 37-40 level range. Should help those rabid players that always blow through content.” And then across the table a sales guy says, “Excellent, we’ll put that in the C-Store as soon as it’s ready. That’ll really kick off the 2010 balance sheets.”

    It’s bad publicity, for a game that has been haunted by bad publicity. And like you say Syp, it’s self-inflicted in this case.

  4. theerivs January 28, 2010 / 4:54 pm

    Cryptic is going to be the Munson of the Video game industry.

  5. We Fly Spitfires January 28, 2010 / 5:33 pm

    Maybe Cryptic are trying to create Brewster’s Millions?

  6. blomma January 28, 2010 / 5:38 pm

    Even if it only cost 1 dollar its the principle of it. After having released a game that was so lacking in content you dont charge for what is essentially a content patch.

  7. Ryver January 28, 2010 / 5:47 pm

    I wonder how many pre-orders are hanging in the balance now…

  8. Zubon January 28, 2010 / 6:38 pm

    “Happy you bought Star Trek Online? You can experience that feeling all over again, and we’ll help you experience it as often as possible.”

  9. xXJayeDuBXx January 28, 2010 / 7:07 pm

    So glad I did not buy a lifetime sub, or even have an active sub. Can’t wait to see what Cryptic does with STO!

  10. brannagar January 28, 2010 / 7:17 pm

    As I said on Corpse Run, you folks who are doling out money to play ST:O should be ashamed of yourselves for supporting a company like Cryptic. It is totally ludicrous.

    I hope they lose subs in Champions Online AND ST:O for this. Hell, I hope they go under. What a horrible company, what a horrible product.

  11. SlothBear January 28, 2010 / 7:53 pm

    Giving Mythic and NCSoft a run for their money for sure!

  12. Brian Inman January 28, 2010 / 8:21 pm

    I am glad their games have never interested me. Just to hear how a content patch is going to be a paid expansion is just plain stupid.

  13. Dandmcd January 28, 2010 / 10:42 pm

    So can we just stop talking about ST:O? Seriously anything Cryptic makes is going to fail with their terrible mismangement of their games. I still can’t believe people bought lifetime subs after the disaster that was Champions Online. Now they get pay more then lifetime for a basic content patch! If this Star Trek game fails, I can guarantee Cryptic is going under in 2010.

  14. Dblade January 28, 2010 / 11:29 pm

    Yeah I don’t get it. I play CO and I do enjoy it, but if they keep making stupid business decisions like this they are going to kill not just CO but the entire Cryptic brand.

    They not only need it to be free, but they need the zone to have true endgame-level content. Players can only alt and PvP so much. I’d hate to see the game fold.

  15. Ardua January 29, 2010 / 4:34 am

    So CO players.

    Coming back home to Paragon when Going Rogue hits?

  16. pitrelli January 29, 2010 / 6:41 am

    haha I knew I was right in bailing out on Champions in beta.

    Cryptic seem to be intent on giving themselves bad PR over and over. This was a real chance to promote themselves and get people on board …. but alas they shoot themselves in the foot and will probably lose subscribers over it.

  17. silvertemplar January 29, 2010 / 10:03 am

    Yea, get ready for those “booster packs” in the STO store. It will contain all those missing Klingon content.

    What better way than to launch with half the content , charge $50 for the box and then charge for the missing half at $5-$10 increments every 3 months.

    So $100 for the box and $180 of sub fees later [12 months] you might actually have a complete game. $250 for a completed MMO, starting to sound like an expensive hobby all of a sudden.

  18. Utakata January 29, 2010 / 5:41 pm

    Ardua, I went one step further. I was so disgusted over this, I today re-installed my copy of CoX and aquired a 2 month game card as my show of support of a game that certainly is showing it age and has it’s problem, but is currently far more consummer friendly than CO. I hope to get a tune up to 50 before Rogue. Though I tend to get stuck in alterholic mode…since there is infinetly more character slots that I get for free than the money grubbing IP counter part I’ve immigrated back from.

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