What a curious thing. A game, marketed as free to play, is charging for access to alpha and closed beta development. It’s not entirely a new idea, World of Warcraft gave guarenteed beta access to their last expansion, Mists of Pandaria, in a package deal that included goodies like a free copy of Diablo 3 and a year of subscription.
In this reversal of the usual payment model, I’m wondering why I should pay to play a part of the game that is usually free. If money is to change hands, shouldn’t SOE pay us to debug and trial their software?
Whilst twiddling my thumbs, waiting for Landmark to launch, I’ve been contemplating reasons why a Founder’s Pack purchase might be a good idea. What benefits, tangible and intangible, does the package offer it’s buyers? I’ve thought of seven great reasons why I’d buy a Founder’s Pack. Continue Reading