I’m here to discuss if you’d played the game if it was a monthly sub.
p2w has different meanings to everyone, not here to debate that.
What I mean is removing the ability to use real cash for any extra benefits in gear or progression or a benefit in gold currency.
This also means, outfits could still be cash shop, but you couldn’t sell those on the market afterwards for gold.
but if they charged a reasonable amount.
$9.99 a month
$5.99 a month for prime members.
Removed all p2w and blue crystals and all that jazz.
You only can buy cosmetics.
i would pay a montly fee of 20€/month IF and only IF there was full acces to everything without any artificial limit like daily, gold char, pheon, i would even on top of that buy some skin.
F2P mentaly ruin everything it touch, they create problems to sell the solution … ofc it’s bad for games, but on large scale they hope to make more with a small % of whales than a big number of small month fee.
Imo, they’d have to change more than a few shop items to shift into a sub fee. Like the entire loot system. Upgrades would have to be guaranteed, or switch to a traditional system of bosses dropping gear instead of materials.
You could argue that raiding for a chance at a boss dropping your item is equally as gamba. But I’d rather get a quality item that is what it is when it drops, opposed to a bunch of small materials getting flushed away in two minutes.
I wouldn’t. I need to play a game first to see if I like it. Then if I do, I will gladly pay for things in-game, be it cosmetics or convenience items.
You are saying cash shop items will be skins and can’t be sold on market for gold, I can play a game like that. I never sell skins on market anyways. Or at least not yet. Bought a bunch of skins before scouter update to hoard and sell later on. Either that or use on my characters. I do buy skins every time they come out.
However, there wouldn’t be any of those skin-buying activities if the game is not f2p and players need to pay to play it. Because I simply won’t play and look for another game that let me play free, to decide if I like it, if it’s worth my time.
If they didn’t spoon-feed us classes and skins, I would pay $5.99 a month to play Lost Ark.
The game would have to be complete apart from all future expansions/content of course. But skins and classes MUST be all available. AGS/Smilegate would be able to make money not just with subs, but with the purchases of skins.
I don’t think a sub model would work with how the game is fundamentally designed. Lost Ark is a game that is specifically built around it’s f2p model, instead of building a model around it’s game design.