APB Audio Ads

Massively has word that All Points Bulletin will feature audio advertisements over the game's VOIP channel, with an option of paying a premium to make them go away. They link to this forum post explaining how this works:
You will receive a short audio ad once every 3 hours. HOWEVER ads will only be heard when first entering a district.

So for example:

1) You start up the game and enter the social district.
2) You will hear a short audio ad.
3 You stay in social for 2 hours and then switch to an action district.
4) Upon entering the action district you will NOT hear an ad.
5) You play in the action district for 5 hours and do not hear any ads.
6) You exit the game.
7) You start up the game at a later time and enter a district.
8) You will hear a short audio ad.
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Re: APB Audio Ads
Jun 26, 2010, 09:55
nin
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Re: APB Audio Ads Jun 26, 2010, 09:55
Jun 26, 2010, 09:55
nin
 

Don't forget the microtransactions as well.


Uh, there are no microtransactions, that is, items sold by RTW, in this game.


Looks like those got scrapped, based on the uproar:

http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/news/54959/APB-Microtransaction-Charges-Changed


Follow up here:
http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/64214


But then they also say:
"To clarify, we have no current plans for item transactions in APB - but that has the possibility of changing post-release based on business climate and audience demand," Moreland clarified. "

It's almost like they took it off the table, but make no promises it won't return. This, combined with the ads and pay structure, all seem to be very shady...I get the distinct impression they have no idea if the current model will support them, and they're willing to change it again at any time. Doesn't seem very well thought through or planned out.

Seems very similar to the ramp up to launch of Hellgate, where "oh, by the way, we hope you guys like ads!"


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