Dungeons and Dragons Online sells out $300 season passes, talks Sharn expansion

    
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Shocking!

Wondering just who — if anyone — would plop down $300 for a two-year “season pass” to Dungeons and Dragons Online? Turns out that there were at least 1,000 dedicated players who took Standing Stone Games’ bait, because the limited-edition passes are now sold out, and SSG is $300,000 richer for it.

Those players and the rest have a bright 2019 to anticipate, as SSG is finishing up work on spring’s Sharn expansion. Talking to Dragon+ magazine, the studio outlined the adventures to come with this “towering, vertical metropolis.” Players will start at the bottom in the slums and work their way to the much more affluent top.

Executive Producer Rob Ciccolini said that there will be more interesting villains, raid content, the Tiefling race, and an adventure area. “Going from all the way down in the very bowels of the city into the highest echelons where players will deal with the nobles offers a great variety of storylines,” he teased.

Source: Twitter, Dragon+. Thanks DDOCentral!
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Castagere Shaikura

And you have these players to thank with how game companies are milking gamers all the time.

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GumpsGang

It makes sense that SSG would sell a bunch of these passes. Since they easily sold out on this package, SSG knew it’s DDO market well. It caters to the “hard core” DDO player who pays VIP annually anyway. It’s purchasing you next two years then an extra $100 for some perks. Some will see value and some will not.

Oh hey, look over there …. someone related to a friend of someone the saw a member of an MMO dev team saw a pigeon walking backwards. That MMO is going to shut down anytime now. (Sorry, just adding some flavored snark) :)

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donvweel

I thought it would sell but not this quickly. If I had the money laying around I would have locked in a pass. 100 dollars more than 2 years of sub and you get daily gold rolls plus two years of packs. Would have liked some more perks but the daily golds would be fun. DDO is still a healthy active game, sales response proves that. These are not whales buying monacles or virtual spaceships but custmers locking in 2 years of vip plus content.

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Mordyjuice

That’s more whales than there are on some endangered lists.

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Mr.McSleaz

LOL :)

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts about how spending $300 on a working game you love is any different/better/worse than spending $300 for a starship in a game that is still in alpha that you hope you will love.

I’m inclined to come down on the side of “there is no difference.”

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camren_rooke

There pricing is all over the place on their website so I don’t know what is or is not including or even if you can get a subscription but assuming you are giving them 12 dollars a month for a sub for say a six months sub, double that for a year, thats 144 dollars. For two years its 288 dollars which isn’t too much off the 300 price.

I guess if folks are sure they will be playing two years from now, its a good deal since it looks like you are getting a whole lot more than what you would get normally.

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blahlbinoa .

I will most likely buy the Sharn x-pac when that comes out. I haven’t played DDO in awhile, but Sharn is one of my favorite places in Eberron, so this could be a day 1 buy for me.

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camren_rooke

Yeah Sharn is the big city in Eberron.

Hrmmm hrmmm….. *considers a redownload

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gamingforfun

I guess this quick Season Pass sell out proves that there are still people playing DDO…

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camren_rooke

I don’t know how it is now but when i played it was very much like running dungeons in any other mmo. solo and easy modes and hard and unforgiving modes.

If you don’t mind dated graphics, and/or LOVE DnD stuff (*looks away uncomfortably from Pathfinder Online) it’s still pretty fun.

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Vincent Clark

Daybreak in full melt down/gimme your money mode.

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Armsbend

Yes but this isn’t Daybreak. but that is what they are doing here as well.

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Vincent Clark

Daybreak is now the “publisher” for DDO and LotRO. This clearly has their hands all over it, no?

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Armsbend

I wonder if they will issue refunds when this shuts down in 2019?

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Roger Melly

I wonder if you will be saying that again this time next year when it doesn’t :P

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Jack Pipsam

I feel like if DDO was going to shut down it would have by now, it seems to be chunking along just fine.

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Michael18

Normally I’d be happy to hear SSG got a good influx of cash, but this is money they will now not earn over the coming 2 years, for the most part. So not much gained, it seems.