Courtesy of Spinks, I was informed that Cryptic’s broken their minutes-old silence on STO’s microtransaction store — just in time for launch, wouldn’t you believe it? Yup, to any suckers who thought that their purchase of STO would include playable Federation Klingons or Ferengi, well, Cryptic has some snake oil they’d like to sell you.
Champions Online (and, in some degree, City of Heroes) showed us that Cryptic is downright shameless in pushing their hybrid full subscription + microtransactions business model, so it doesn’t come as any surprise that they’d hold content back from launch to use as store items. But man if it doesn’t chafe at times.
I think it’d be a lot easier to swallow if STO cost less per month but tried to compensate with microtransactions, or if every purchase of STO came with a chunk of Cryptic Points to buy a couple “must have” items. As it is, we’ll see if players go for this sort of gold digging, or if there will be considerable pushback for what some might consider standard races that should be in the game for free.
I do find it quite hilarious that Klingons are 240 points while Ferengi are just 80 — that’s racial discrimination right there! Plus, whoever deems it necessary to pony up dough to buy Ferengi, well, I pity the fool. Really, Cryptic should be paying YOU to play one.