Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 1, 2018, 08:45:
Subscribers? There are people paying a monthly fee for SC currently? WTF?
Not quite. There is a subscription to support community events, which funds weekly Youtube shows like Around the Verse and Calling All Devs. There are some other perks like skins and trial periods for ships, as well as discounted for merchandise, etc. Community events like CitizenCon and the salaries of community managers are funded from community subscriptions rather than game or ship sales.
jdreyer wrote on Sep 1, 2018, 13:45:
Maybe TheyAreComingForYou can let us know what he gets for his subscription. IIRC, some exclusive video? And as he mentioned, ability to watch CitizenCon live for free.
You get access to behind the scenes concept art before it is released publicly, access to a subscriber section on the forum, some skins for in-game items, etc. It really is to show support for the game than for any tangible reward. Needless to say I'm not impressed by this agressive monetisation by CIG and am looking at cancelling my subscription.
I appreciate that CIG needs to raise money to continue development at the current scale and funding has consistently been over $35m per year. Ship sales have been labelled as pay-2-win and it really does come down to whether those with just a basic package can compete in the final game, which I believe they will given the radically different professions and because NPCs will make up 90% of the in-game population allowing CIG to balance accordingly. But CIG can also be tone deaf about some issues and has a tendancy to announce things like this last minute without any regard for how the community will react.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."