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No more lifetime?

August 25, 2009

Yesterday ther was a post in the Champions Online forums and also an update on the web site that their lifetime subscription offer was about to run out before September 1st and that they only had 1000 left. This was due to higher than expected demand.

I.e. there had always been an upper limit on the number of lifetime subscriptions they could sell, but they did not explicitly specify that. This has caused a number of upset posts on their forums.

Today it seems from posts that they have sold all lifetime subscriptions and that it is not possible to get it anymore. This has caused more upset posts.

I can understand if people get upset because they might have been waiting for payday and assumed that it would be available until September 1st – Cryptic people had posted that time limit in the forums at least. The newletters I have received with the offers before never specified what the limits were, only that it was limited. So legally Cryptic is probably ok, but I think may rightly be a bit upset in some cases.

There are also posts that basically say “I was just about to buy the lifetime, but since I cannot buy it I wuill cancel the game and not play it at all!”. Personally I have a hard time to consider such statements as genuine. If someone has enough faith in the game that they are going to give Cryptic the equivalent of 200 USD plus buy the game, why would they not play that game at all?

I wonder what limit they did have and how many lifetime subscriptions they have sold in total? 5000? 10000? For a game where they conder themselves successful if they reach 100.000 subscribers, that is potentially a lot of lifetime subscriptions.

Categories: Champions Online
  1. Tesh
    August 26, 2009 at 20:04

    As I note at Tipa’s place, the business model absolutely does change your approach to the game. A game with a lifetime sub (or Guild Wars model) can be played far more casually and as a “filler” game with no Sword of Damocles of a monthly sub clock ticking away. If you were counting on approaching CO that way, but are suddenly relegated to the monthly model, it may well profoundly affect how you approach the game.

  2. August 26, 2009 at 22:45

    Good point. It is a valid concern given that they have not promised that this kind of offer will return at some point later.

  3. August 27, 2009 at 20:18

    It seems that Cryptic has re-opened the lifetime store, keeping the dates stated with no quantity limit. So if anyone is interested they could have a go at it again.

  1. August 26, 2009 at 13:50
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