Money, money, money..... Seems Turbine has been sending surveys to its customers asking how willing they would be to pay extra for the following:
Increased inventory storage
Increased bank storage
Increased housing storage
More character slots
Access to special items and loot
Dedicated chat channels
Be advised sooner of downtimes
While I realize they are just putting feelers out to see what sort of reception they get, the fact that they are thinking this is really disappointing. It also has me wondering if LOTRO is not as successful as they had hoped. Likely, they're just seeing how far they can push it.
So let's see here:
Increased storage - LOTRO is already one of the stingiest games when it comes to storage. I had never played another MMO with such limited storage. Players had been complaining about this on the forums. So their solution is to charge more rather than add a feature?
More character slots - This one is not too bad I guess. Currently, if you have used up all your slots on your server, you can create additional characters on other servers. And considering there are only a few classes to pick from anyway, not sure many would utilize this service.
Access to special items and loot - This would cause me to leave immediately. Horrible idea. Someone needs a spanking.
Character customization - Character appearances are a bit lacking. Pay more to finally look better? More spankings.
Special Events - Everyone would like a chance to participate in community events. Depends on the type of events I suppose.
Faster support - All customers should receive the best service regardless.
Dedicated server, forums and chat - EQ1 tried it. Didn't work well. But sure. Let all the wealthys hang out together on a server.
Be advised sooner of downtimes - Not sure what purpose this serves and why you would pay for this. So you don't schedule your day off from work that day? So currently they really do know sooner of upcoming downtimes and just aren't telling?
This is all so disheartening to see. I hope this isn't indicative of the future of MMO's. At least for now I don't believe Mythic will be going this sort of route. As Mark Jacobs stated "What I'm not okay with are games that are designed to be nothing but quarter suckers in the online space." And I'm not okay with it either.