SWTOR subscriptions rose by a third after KOTFE’s reveal

    
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EA’s financials are looking “great,” the company boasted in its latest quarterly report, thanks in part to its sports franchises, Star Wars Battlefront, and even Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Star Wars: The Old Republic subscribers increased 33% since the announcement of
the latest expansion at E3, Knights of the Fallen Empire,” the gaming giant told shareholders. Those numbers would refer to the fiscal quarter that ended September 30th, so KOTFE profits from October, when it actually launched, aren’t yet reflected.

Still considering whether to jump in and beat the inevitable Force Awakens deluge this winter? Massively OP delivered first impressions, spoilery impressions, and video criticism of the expansion.

Source: EA via Gamasutra
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DaniDanny
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Bah, they can shove it up their … i am not going to pay 15 a month for one hour of new gameplay.

Godsize86
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Swtor kotfe 8/10 single player game 3/10 mmo… I been playing mmos since ultima online and swtor hands down has the best story quests and solo game play out of any mmo I ever played… Great game to play by yourself but if you want pve end game play wow and if you want PvP play gw2 or something else…

AGx
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Now if they’d only fix all the problems that randomly prevent players from logging in. I just cant bring myself to pay them when I know days will go by where I can’t play (this is partly due to WHEN I can play since I often spend so much time trying to fix the problem that I don’t have much to actually play).

Dobablo
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Dobablo

“Star Wars: The Old Republic subscribers increased 33% since the announcement of…” x12 XP for class quests

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Wandris dorn2 It’s usually the other players, the subscribers in particular, that treat the ala-carte players (Preferred/Premium/whatever) ones as scum of the world.in my experience, not so much the companies. The *smart* companies realize the basic fact of ‘Fewer and fewer people are willing to put up with a monthly fee, so the alacarte players are becoming our primary player base, to be encouraged to continue to buy things, without squeezing them so hard they quit and go elsewhere.; Subrscirber players, though, seem to tend to have this elitist attitude, along with the delusion that unless you’re paying a monthly fee that’d you’re a freeloader who wants everything for free…even the ones that have paid more in a month for piecemeal items than the subber has paid in half a year. For some reason they forget that Preferred-type players do actually pay quite a lot themselves…and as a larger body of people than the subbers (in a good, smartly run game anyway) actually generate *more* income as a whole due to sheer mass than the subbers. (Granted, the ideal for the company is to convince all those alacarte-ers to be subbers, but then again, there’s the reasons they didn’t sub in the first place..)

Frankly, the restrictions at the Preferred level aren’t particularly bad as things go, especially if you aren’t interested in PvP…plus there’s a couple of nice store bundles specifically designed to make things easier for new Preferred characters that aren’t that expensive.
Inventory management is *always* a problem, no matter how many slots you have–that’s why the feature to have your companion go sell off greys in the field is useful. Once you have a few missions under your belt, you get access to Legacy and Cargo Hold storage (if you’re a Preferred), which also helps considerably (Protip: Spend a little $$$ to put a Cargo Hold access unit in your Stronghold along with the free Legacy storage you get from the Stronghold ‘missions’) I’m just in the level 40 range, and only *just* picked up a second cargo hold slot, because the first is crammed with stuff I kept for appearance’s sake.

As far as the forums go…enh. I’ve seen too much bile on games’ own forums to bother reading them much, and all the information I’d generally want from them is on other sites in more easily searchable form anyway.

And customer support…that *was* one of the restrictions that rather annoyed me before, that Preferred customers had no support (despite being a paying customer) for problems. Though if you’ve been paying attention to the patch notes and such at all, you’d notice that restriction has been removed due to the dumping of support issues from TOR’s staff to EA’s…which are accessible no matter whether you’re free-play, Preferred, or subber.

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dorn2 Wandris 1) SWTOR isnt one of those handful of sub-only games. 
2)people who have paid even once are under preferred status and they get the restrictions I brought up in my original post. In general I have read many comments which seem to indicate preferred status doesnt matter, that they are “cheap players” and that they don’t deserve the basic respect any paying customer deserves. A sentiment probably indicative of EA’s treatment of these customers.

You can put SWOTR on some pedestal above those hundreds of other titles but that is completely subjective and unfair. Like I said SWTOR is not special, it is not better and it is a F2P title that is arguably not one of the decent ones. I am arguing that because of the credit cap and forum restrictions it actually falls below the value of most other F2P titles. I could list 40 that I have had personal experience with that manage to treat there customers with more respect than SWTOR does.

Ive got nothing against subscriptions, nor do I have a problem with the benefits that come along with it. If you are a heavy user a sub is often the way to go. What I do have a problem with is that they design the whole experience to be intentionally game breaking and that they disrespect their customers and in doing so have created a community perception that non-subs don’t matter. It’s either negligent or intentional, perhaps both.

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Wandris dorn2 
The point is only people who pay money matter.  For people who pay we only get presented with 2 models:

1.  There are 1000’s of pure F2P mmos.  Yet only 3 or 4 are decent.  These exceptions are games like LoL and MH which sell content in addition to cosmetics.  The rest of them just cash box it up and provide no real updates.
2.  In contrast sub MMO’s are far less numerous.  If we include SWTOR there are still about 4-5 sub mmo’s that are quality products.  That’s a much higher percentage of success.

There are a lot of us who’d rather just B2P but nobody offers that option.  Without B2P subs have a better chance of returning value for money.  This is why SWTOR is actually doing well with it’s fake F2P model.

Wandris
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dorn2 Wandris Your flat out wrong one pretty much every point. SWTOR does not exist in a universe of its own, it has dozens if not hundreds of competitors which prove otherwise. It is not special in any way. You don’t matter more than a customer who chooses an alternate payment though micro-transactions. The fact that EA and its subscriber base thinks that it does is completely out of sync with reality.

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Wandris dorn2 
Because.
1. EA has basically said they don’t.
2. If you’re going to spend any money the sub is the best value.

Wandris
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dorn2 Wandris What makes you think non-subs don’t spend money? Lets see, I bought the game when it released, subbed for several months, bought inventory unlocks, bank unlocks, item unlocks, name unlocks, cosmetic unlocks and probably a few more things I cannot think of right now. If F2P was actually free do you really think they would have ever bothered? 

EA isnt crying in a fetal position they have deemed F2P customers beneath even acess to there forums. So I will continue to play the game and every opprutunity from now until this game closes or they change there policies I will be pointing out there severe shortcomings to anyone who will listen. Over 5, 10, 20 years I have no doubt at least some people will listen and my efforts will ultimately cost them real money and real paying customers and at least the smallest amount of damage to their reputation.
There F2P policies and restrictions are completely unnecessary. Every other game that calls itself F2P manages without screwing there customers in this way.