Greetings, ladies and gentlemen!
Just a quick post! I’m working on some new content for the blog, but I wanted to get this post out while I still had the idea in my head.
For today’s topic, I want to tackle a discussion that has erupted around Guild Wars 2, and an issue the game’s community is having with the price of its upcoming expansion, Heart of Thorns. The issue the Guild Wars 2 community is having, brought to my attention by a video posted by BogOtter, is partly to do with the price, but, for the most part, the issue seems to stem from the fact that the expansion includes the base game in the total price. Now, I don’t really want to go too into detail about my opinion on this subject because I plan to illustrate how stupid this issue is with a comparison to another MMORPG that has previously released expansions.
In order to illustrate how dumb I perceive the Heart of Thorns pricing issue to be, I have created two examples that show how much money players were required to pay in order to play their chosen MMORPG. The first example illustrates a person who purchased, and has played, World of Warcraft since its initial release. The second example illustrates a person who purchased, and has played, Guild Wars 2 since its initial release. There are a few rules that these examples abide by, and they are as follows:
- Each example takes the perspective of a person who has been playing, and paying, for the game since the original date the game was released.
- The examples only include monetary amounts that were required to play the game, and ignore optional payments such as characters slots and cash shop mounts.
- The totals will be based on how much a person will have paid up to the release date of the latest expansion of the game.
World of Warcraft Example
Base Game (Nov 23, 2004): $60.00
5 Expansions ($40 each): $200.00
118 Months of Subscription ($14.99 up to Nov 13, 2014): $1,768.82
Total Cost: $2,028.82
New Player (as of Jun 20, 2015)*
Base Game: $20.00 $10.00
Warlord of Draenor (Standard): $50.00 $30.00
Total Cost: $70.00 $40.00
*World of Warcraft’s base game and Warlords of Draenor expansions were on sale as of Jun 20, 2015. The normal prices were struck through as shown above.
Pros: World of Warcraft includes previous expansions into the base game with the release of a new expansion allowing new players to jump in with a lower barrier to entry. New players can play World of Warcraft for a month before having to worry about the $15 subscription fee.
Cons: World of Warcraft includes previous expansions into the base game with the release of a new expansion, but veteran players already paid for those expansions at full price. The expansions do not include a free month of game time.
Guild Wars 2 Example
Base Game (Aug 28, 2012): $60.00
Heart of Thorns (Standard): $50.00
Total Cost: $110.00
Heart of Thorns (Standard): $50.00
Total Cost: $50.00
Pros: The expansion to Guild Wars 2 includes the core game into the price for the expansion allowing new players to jump in with little barrier to entry. Guild Wars 2 has no subscription fee, which has allowed veteran Guild Wars 2 players to enjoy the whole game plus updates with little cost following the purchase of the box.
Cons: I have to spell this out to you people…
That is everything I have to say about this topic. Perspective – the Guild Wars 2 community doesn’t seem to have it. This isn’t going to affect your experience with the expansion, nor will it make much difference if the core game is included or not. I applaud anyone in the community who isn’t complaining about something so incredibly trivial, and I hope that my illustration puts this issue into perspective for those raging blindly.
For more content on this “issue”, check out the following videos.