Let's just say you have a server with 1,000 paid subscribing accounts, including slave alts. You then allow that server to be F2P (Open) and lose roughly 30% of that 1,000 because they were alt accounts. How do you compensate for that lost revenue? Simple, strip the ability to use the alt accounts in mass. So if you have that 30% that would have went unpaid happily and enjoyed playing freely with unlimited accounts, you make it a benefit (as it should have been from the beginning) for the paying customers. When I played on Iris, I left with a HUGE portion of my reasoning being, why pay for 3-4 accounts when I can have as many as I like for free? Multi-clienting should have ALWAYS been a premium only benefit. But now pandora's box is open and it's going to be hell trying to get it all back inside the box.
Before F2P was even a notion, free multi-clienting on Valk wasn't an issue as the whole server was a free sess pool ruled with an iron botted fist. Valk was meant to be the bot toilet that gave Premiums the luxury of not having to deal with it. Now that the gates of hell will be opened a bit on Ygg, free multi-clienting is an issue that cannot be ignored. It will just cost too much money to allow it lol. What was once a Valk benefit that waved a big fat middle finger in the faces of paying customers is now the benefit of those customers that got the short end of the stick for so long. The game is still free to play, but limited as all free offers are in life.
On the other side of the coin, they have included special buff/teleport NPC's for premium accts. I would MUCH rather making my main acct premium and not have to hassle with loading 2-3 clients to play efficiently. Talk to one npc and potentially get link/endow/30min buff/agi,and direct TP to map of choice, YES PLS! The benefits do seem to outweigh the lack of being able to multi-client.
Personally, I like the sounds of things, thus far, for their plans of going F2P. This may change, but for now, I can hardly wait to get my 180 day subscription on my main account. I have wanted them to changed to premium acct system for so long.
With all of the other things being said, I'm amazed noone has voiced concern about the uncontrollable botting situation lol. Anyone thought about how this is going to affect the Ygg market? How it will affect the current Ygg community? Free transfers are nice, but how will the mass exodus be handled as far as remaking high leveled guilds? Will the GM's assist the remake of full guilds for those that choose to move their entire groups or are they SOL with the transition? Are there currently any plans to minimize the botting or methods in development to alleviate this issue?
On a side note, this may deter some and put a strain on smaller woeing guilds as Valk Server relies HEAVILY on multi-clienting for woe. However, adjusting to change is a part of life, get used to it.
P.S.- Thanks for opening Sakray to all to test. Finally, a step in the right direction. I NEVER planned to pay any company to test their product lol. That's the dumbest thing I have ever heard in a LONG time. Forcing people to pay for renewal testing was a colossal blunder that only set back the whole game from feedback that could have been heard a month beforehand.
Edited by LordVader, 24 March 2011 - 11:59 PM.