I started playing CO back in early 2010, not long after release. I was a monthly subscriber for around 2 straight years, and then subbed in/out sporadically until around 2015, so that I could continue the heroic escapades of my my heroes. In that 5 year window, I spent a great deal of time and money on this game: costumes, costumes, subscriptions, costumes, costumes, subscriptions, costumes... In that 5 years, I also met a plethora of great people in the fantastic community CO always had/will, and participated (and won) who knows how many costume contests.
Today: I have 12 characters on my account, 8 of which are max level, and all but two have been with me since 2010-2012. These are GOLD characters. I am sitting here right now staring at them in my game window. Which is all I can do now, apparently.
So that I understand: whatever sorry company owns this game now (Perfect World who has changed their name to ARC, to what, hide the fact that they were Perfect World? Only to change their name from ARC to something else in another 3 years? To deceive folks again?) has decided to eliminate subscription models. Fine. I get it. So is the way of the gaming world. Yet, to access my old GOLD characters, as a veteran player, as someone who has given this franchise some wealth, I have to now turn them into an Archetype, then pay $20 dollars (or something) to upgrade them to Freeform?
That is what I am coming to understand?
If that's the case, then I have to say my characters are at their end. Even if I won the lotto this Thursday, as much as I love my characters, out of spite/principal, I would not give this money grubbing company a dime for this nonsense. You are blocking my characters behind a monumental pay wall; characters I've had a lot of fun with; that have profiles, personalities, achievements; that have who knows how many costumes a piece ... for 20 bucks per toon? That's not only a slap in the face to anyone who used to play this game, but it's a ridiculous business model. You are basically telling any old players, "We don't want your business."
I would like to be incorrect in my understanding. I do not think I am. Am I?
- Disgruntled ex-Dark Enforcers player who masqueraded under the MC umbrella as myriad character names...
-Who is also very unhappy...
-... and disappointed...