"They go into the database, Find your account name, hit the little field that says "4" (or "6"), and change it into "5" (or "7")."
Didn't know you worked for ANet.
"They don't have to create new content. They don't have to build an installer. They don't have to put up a page for downloads. That's all they have to do."
So, what's the problem with that? They had to first build the infrastructure to support multiple slots and every new slot means players will spent more time in the game thus taking up more bandwidth, server resources etc. It’s not just HD space (WTF is up with that comparison anyway?).
Hardcore players are the biggest "drain" for ANet in terms of support and server resources. These players are more likely to buy additional slots hence they cover this part of their money drain.
It's a company after all and they have to make money in order to get out new chapters.
I think ArenaNet has proven that they are worthy of buying their games. Not only do they update the game for free, they will also release chapters on a 6 month basis with a completely new story as a stand-alone game, and all these chapters are optional and can be connected. Their relationship with the fans is IMHO one of the best and their level of dedication unseen in today’s gaming industry.
"And you don't think that ten bucks is overpriced?"
Why would I think that? 4 slots = cheaper as if players bought another game and for exactly this type of players this service was introduced.
And for everyone else paying €9 for an additional character slot for their PvE or PvP char is big deal, because they can play thru the game with more character combinations, save these chars that they put so much time into and not delete them every time they need to make another character. For PvP players that means quick switching and maintaining a larger number of characters/tactics for quicker build change.
Paying 2-3€ for a house armor that vanishes after the horse dies or paying 12+€ for a monthly fee even if I don't play the game – that’s rip-off.
Here with only 9€ you get a life time character slot that for many players will be priceless. And let’s not forget completely optional.
You're saying it's rip-off and on the other side you don't have a clue what an adition slot costs ArenaNet. No, it's not just changing a value in the database and some more HD space.
This comment was edited on Apr 22, 03:38.