MMO Week in Review: Aion Classic is a harsh reminder about monetization and modern nostalgia servers

    
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Aion Classic raised all the eyebrows this week when it launched with a subscription with what is arguably an economic pay-to-win feature baked right into it. It’s not entirely clear what if anything will be done by NCsoft to rectify the situation, but it’s worth reminding game companies that the people who want a return to the old days in classic servers are looking for a return not just to old mechanics but to old monetization. They might be willing to pay a premium and even a subscription, but a wrecked economy from day one isn’t going to ensure goodwill, longevity, or profit.

Meanwhile, we delivered our impressions of Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood, chuckled over World of Warcraft’s survey, cringed at Dungeons and Dragons Dark Alliance, cheered for Anarchy Online’s 20th birthday, and learned LOTRO’s new progression servers launch next week.

Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday (since 2010!) in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

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Rick Mills

Not buying anything, but insanely enjoying the free Aion Classic – such a great game to play (esp if you’re not a PvPer, I guess).

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port13

the market (us) needs to punish the companies that pull this crap. let the know it’s not okay… stop getting bamboozled by every nostalgia carrot

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bobfish

The global chat in Aion Classic has been pretty awful on the topic. I can see why people are upset that you can essentially buy in-game currency, but so many people are also saying the subscription is pay to win it is crazy.

I obviously have no data to back this up, but most of the people I’ve seen complaining about pay to win, seem to actually want the game to be 100% free.

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tiltowait

That is universally the case. The only thing that can be agreed upon is that ANY payment is pay to win.

I’m over listening to the communists. People pay for stuff, get over it.

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Mallus

Anyone who didn’t see Ptw coming for Aion Classic hasn’t been paying attention…