I don’t really have much of an opinion on whether or not Premium Battlepass purchasers should get a refund or compensation or not. But I will say this… what is the point of a Premium Battlepass? I know I’m kinda going off topic here, but what exactly is the point?
Here’s what we know. It skips 15 levels of the Battlepass. If you get it at the beginning, it starts you 15 levels ahead, if you start at 45, it finishes the Battlepass. Its 1,000 challenge exp per level in a battlepass, and 60,000 total to complete one, 45,000 if you get the premium.
It costs 1200 to enter the Battlepass and earn all rewards from it. Premium costs 3000 or the initial 1200 plus 1800 if you wish to upgrade.
With all that said, the premium battlepass just doesn’t seem that worth it. I mean I get it, some people might pay quite a bit to save a little bit of time and thus are a bit peeved about the boost to challenge exp at the end of the season here. But even overlooking that, assuming FC never did the end of chapter boost, I just personally can’t see the worth of the battlepass.
My reasoning is even without the end of chapter boost, I was able to get 15 levels of the Battlepass in sometimes a single day. Just the way boosts stack and how quickly we can rotate through challenges, it just doesn’t seem worth tossing the equivalent of $15usd to me.
And I get that some may value their time and effort a bit more here. But I feel like the Premium Battlepass just… doesn’t offer enough. It doesn’t feel like there is anything premium about it. It’s for all intents and purposes, boring.
I’ve used time saves in other games before, and all of them have this problem. You’re paying to not play. That implies the content isn’t meant to be fun and you need to pay to skip so you can go back to playing content that you do want to play. This is incredibly poor design.
It is also not the design that Funcom has intended. This is evidenced by the fact they gave us the intended boost. They want players to play through and feel awarded. They could have left the values as is and told everyone under 46 to get the premium upgrade, or even offered a slight sale on the premium battlepass or upgrade as well to squeeze everyone for more money. Instead they wanted everyone to get their 1200’s worth playing the game.
This isn’t something that will likely change for Chapter 2 or even 3, but something that could be looked into for the next Age. Make the Battlepass just a bit less boring. Something more engaging, exciting, you know… something to look forward to.