Crazy cheap you say… right.
It might not be so bad if i could pay in dollars. But unfortunately funcom still translates their prices 1$=1€. And to make things worse here in the EU they also add VAT on top of that already a lot higher price.
In my case it’s 17,19€/month (that’s $19,95/month). In most other MMO’s and other online games with a monthly fee, the VAT is already included in the price and the usual subscription prices are around 10-12€/month. That’s the case even with other funcom titles like TSW/SWL.
I have three active accounts, so the only way for me to afford playing AO is the 12month subs, which brings it down to under 10€/month. But that’s still about 330€ a pop since all my accounts expire almost the same time. Every year the Real Life™ and Work™ interfere with my gaming and i end up paying for 3x12months but i only get to actually play AO only a few days/month. And sometimes a couple of months go by without me being able to log in at all. Because of this a reasonable monthly cost would be much better option for me.
330€/year is not crazy cheap. That’s a lot of money. Unfortunately i love the game. And i love making alts. At this point i can’t see myself playing the game with just one account. So at the moment i just pay the insane amount.
I’m pretty sure i’m not the only one with the same problem… in fact, everyone i know in game has more than one active paid account.
So i’m quite certain that lowering the sub to a more affordable and reasonable level would bring in more cash for FC.
I don’t like the common f2p/p2w model at all, in fact going f2p has made me stop playing games in the past.
I think a reasonable monthly sub where you feel you’re getting your moneys worth is the best model. At the moment, i don’t feel i’m getting my moneys worth in AO paying the 330€/year due to us getting no bugfixes or updates and the “rebalance” being completely broken since the last chances which were originally meant to be only the first step of fixes.
They could also introduce more fluff in the item store with an option to buy that stuff ACCOUNT WIDE to make people use the store more. It makes no sense to pay 10-20€ for one convenience item like a beacon for one character when you have like 12+ characters in your account and in most cases more than one account. In most other games an item for one character only costs a couple of euros at most and paying a bit more you can unlock it account wide. Guess what, many people opt for the more expensive account wide option even if they’re not going to use the said item on all characters.
Sorry about the rant but after seeing someome say AO is “crazy cheap” i really had to vent a bit.
TL/DR: 17.19€/month is not Crazy Cheap. WTB lower monthly subs! WTB account wide options in the store.