In my previous post, I didn’t really consider the problem of lifetime subscribers to Champions/STO when it comes to a theoretical F2P switch, and I don’t have a good answer for that. Perhaps they get all microtransaction content that will forevermore be released, I dunno.
But speaking of Champions lifers, Cryptic released news of a few more perks for lifetime subs:
Exclusive In-Game Chat Channel:
Talk shop with other Lifetime Subscribers. Share thoughts and ideas about the game, or anything else.
Waiting isn’t fun, and we don’t think you should have to do it. Any time the server is queued, you’ll go to the front of it.
Visibly show off your support.
In-Game VIP Lounge
Spend time in an exclusive area inside the game. This social area is limited to Lifetime Subscribers only.
A Unique Costume Piece
Show off that fancy new title in style.
As always, I can see two sides to this. I’m mostly for this, seeing as how lifetime subscribers really did plunk down a lot of cash, and it’s cool that they’re adding rewards to the package after the fact. And looking through this list, if I was just a normal subscriber, I wouldn’t feel that jealous by not having another in-game title, etc.
However, this did make me wonder just how much an exclusive chat channel and VIP lounge are going to help the game overall. What do lifers really need to talk about in a private chat room that they wouldn’t already, unless it’s about how cool they feel about having said chat room? It does seem to reinforce a Haves and Have Nots schism. Exclusivity doesn’t bond the community closer together, it just makes two separate groups.
I just kind of like that the description of the exclusive chat channel doesn’t really have any ideas: “Share thoughts and ideas about the game, or… or… um. Just crow about how you’re better than the peasants! Whee!”