The Daily Grind: Are lifetime subs ever worth it?

    
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Seeing Champions Online’s lifetime subscription go on sale last week — for the “low” price of $200 — made me think once again what an active minefield lifetime subs are.

I mean, if you really knew you were going to be in that MMO for a couple of years at minimum and had the cash to burn, then it could end up being a good deal. I’ve only had one lifetime sub (Lord of the Rings Online), and that actually paid off quite handsomely.

Then again, it’s so easy to get burned by lifetime subs. The game could go under (Hellgate London) or you could lose interest. And that’s not even considering how studios could end up losing money in the long run from its most devoted players who aren’t paying a dime.

What do you think? Are lifetime subs ever worth it?

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Zardoz1972
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Zardoz1972

I bought TSW Lifetime in Beta. It is my primary game and I play it everyday. So that has been well worth it for me. I have never had any other one. I’d say it’s hit or miss.

Metalor
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Metalor

Bought my lotro lifetime sub for 100 euros when they were available and never regreted it.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

The trouble with lifetimes subs is hindsight. TSW’s lifetime is the only one I have ever actually decided to take the plunge with and IMO I think it has definitely been worth it. It was an endorsement of the game in its early days and a show of faith in the Devs for what they wanted to do with their little corner of the MMO scene. I cannot think of another MMO I’ve played that I’d have been happy to have bought a LTS for aside from it though.

It’s not so much to do with the game shutting down – that doens’t happen too often – it’s about feeling as if you got good value for it over the duration of the playtime you spent.

syberghost
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syberghost

I don’t have the figures in front of me, but the average lifetime subscriber spends far more than average in the cash shop. You don’t lose money on them nowadays.

If you charge for expansions instead of (or in addition to) a cash shop, and you don’t unlock those with LTS stipend, those folks tend to buy the expansions as well, forever.

I’m a big fan of LTS; more so since Daybreak grandfathered by DCUO LTS (which I used sparingly) into All Access LTS (which I use constantly). They came out ahead on this, because I spend in the cash shop in games I likely wouldn’t even have played otherwise.

Sargonnax
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Sargonnax

Ive bought lifetime subs twice over the years. In theory they are worth it if you really play the hell out of a game, but I think it was mostly a waste of my money. The games that I have really enjoyed and stuck with for years have sadly never offered one.

FeveredDreamer
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FeveredDreamer

Lifetime subs seem almost *always* worth it if you’ve really looked into a game in advance and are genuinely interested in both the subject matter and the game’s direction.  So far I haven’t regretted one, though my level of value has been very different, probably the best lifetime sub I’ve purchased to date was LotRO (notably a game I rarely if ever play anymore) I played LotRO heavily for 3 or so years, then sporadically for another year or so… that is a ton of enjoyment and a surprising amount of savings over the time I played.  On the other hand Champions Online was much less worth it, though I still don’t really regret the purchase, I played the game for a much shorter period of time though unlike LotRO I still return to it now and again to check out new features.

CDanger
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CDanger

melissaheather I am sad I missed the Lifetime for LOTRO. I got into it too late.

CDanger
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CDanger

Lifetime since beta for TSW and i have played it long enough now that i have saved money over subbing. I see that you can still even purchase it i believe but at this point with current news about them looking for a buyer i dont think i would dive in anymore lol.

Bladeddingo
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Bladeddingo

I bought a LTS for Star Trek Online.
I bought it about 2 years ago, and if I break it down as
15.00 a month, then I paid for about 13 months of a subscription, everything
else after those 12 months is free, and I get the subscriber perks and rewards,
without shelling out additional money.
I’m patient person, I can wait several months for the
subscriber currency to accumulate and but what I want with my monthly stipend.
I still log into STO a few times a month.
I feel like I got my monies worth, and will continue to
get my monies worth until the game dies or I get bored with it.
if you think you won’t be playing the game over a year
from now, don’t bother with the lifetime sub, but if you enjoy the game, and
think you will for more than a year, it’s totally worth it.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

was a superb buy to get lifetime LOTRO for just $199 pre-launch.   Probably the best video game money i’ve ever spent.