RuneScape explains survey polling on buyable skill levels

    
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When one eagle-eyed RuneScape player saw that the studio was polling players about potentially purchasing skill levels in a recent survey, it set off a firestorm within the community. However, it doesn’t seem as if the team was truly considering this as a future option.

“Don’t panic!” Jagex’s Mod Balance posted in the comments. “It’s not being considered though. The question is intended to look at the attitudes of the cross-section of players surveyed in relation to ‘buyable levels.’ We have no plans to add this.”

[Source: Reddit]

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SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

No plans (which can literally mean ‘We are not planning it… to happen tomorrow’ as lies of omission aka PR), but certainly intentions.

FlyinDutchman
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FlyinDutchman

yeah,,,,,

Just like ESO had a press release after stoping their 6 month sub plans, and all the players freaked out….

“Don’t worry guys we aren’t dropping the sub”….. 1 month later….. Dropped the sub.

Nyphur
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Nyphur

WoW had no plans to add instant level 90 boosts, right up until it did.
Figuring out people’s reactions to new business models is pretty important though, because if a large enough percentage of people are happy with it, it could be more profitable to switch. If enough people say they’d hate the idea enough that they’d quit,
profit projections would go down and they can scratch the idea off their
list. And before we start snarling at profit-based motivations, remember that companies have to do whatever makes them the most money in the long term because that keeps their staff safely employed. If it’s a choice between pissing off some gamers or hundreds of layoffs, that’s no choice at all.

_Ariel_
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_Ariel_

Spit on my cupcake right in front of me and tell me it’s frosting, awesome.

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

Effort went into presenting these questions a certain way and one could easily come to the conclusion that if results had been favourable for purchasable skill levels then it would be monetised and added to the game.
Really, I wish they’d just say – ‘we’re playing with ideas on monetisation of skill levels, power, features etc. and want your feedback’ as opposed to PR spinning when the crap hits the fan.
Sorry devs and CMs (everywhere), you’ve all given us plenty of reason to be leery and cynical over the years.
We don’t trust much of you say anymore. (I’m generalising).
I’m far more forgiving if someone is honest and admits to a mistake as opposed to pretending they didn’t do anything ‘wrong’ – especially when they’re going to stick their hand out and ask for cash at some stage. FFXIV is one of the few examples of getting it right as far as I’m concerned.

trollightspark
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trollightspark

So people are mad that a gaming company is soliciting feedback on ideas prior to implementation? What the hell?
Would they be happier if Jagex suddenly announced a cash shop with the next expansion with no prior warning?
God, some people will always find something to complain about…

JonBuck
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JonBuck

Just don’t forget your towel.

squidgod2000
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squidgod2000

“We’re not actually doing this, we just wanted to piss you off.”

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz
goldstariv
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goldstariv

I guess it’s a plus that they asked first instead of being like , “Okay for our next trick…” —POOF—