Lifetime, multiple copies, and vast disappointment
Greetings and Salutations!
I come to you in a spirit of utter shock over what has transpired with this game. Not to jump right into things, but I feel like I have been robbed of much precious money that did not need to be spent. I preordered 3 different versions of the game: A Collector's Edition from Gamestop, A Digital Deluxe Edition on Steam, and a Standard edition from Amazon. I did this so that I could get the "exclusive" in-game items that came along with the different versions (The TOS Constitution, the Chromodynamic Armor, and the Borg BOFF, respectively... plus all of the additional goodies with the CE and DDE). I also got the lifetime subscription, because it included the playable Borg, and was at a REMARKABLE discount - down to 239.99!
A couple months later, MANY (if not all) of the items launched in the C-Store that had come as preorder bonuses and special edition bonuses. This, to me, seemed unwarranted so soon after the game launched. Personally, I would have preferred these items not be able to be purchased outside of their original packaging and such, but I could have lived with it had they waited at LEAST a year before offering said content up.
Time went on, my wounds healed for the most part, but I still had angst against Cryptic for making such a hurtful move against those of us who supported them in the initial phase. Over the past months, I've seen the game drastically discounted and even CE versions available new for under $20. Finally, I got another email, indicating there was a sale going on on "EVERYTHING" in the C-Store (with the exception of one item, as they tend to do, which really ISN'T everything, but I digress on semantics...). I decided, for poops and giggles to check out what's now coming with the lifetime subscription.
LO AND BEHOLD! The lifetime now comes with a FREE COPY of the game. Admittedly, there are some other cool bonuses to be had with the lifetime, and gameplay seems to have changed some over the past year. HOWEVER, I find it utterly and absolutely disgusting that Cryptic can do this kind of stuff to those of us who literally invested a few hundred bucks into the game before it even came out! I personally spent over $450 on things for this game, and now out of almost pure contempt, I refuse to play it.
I honestly wish I could be reimbursed the entire amount of money spent on this game with the amount of stuff cryptic has pulled. If there were some sort of in-game reimbursement (Cryptic points? anything?) for pulling such a low-down dirty-handed move, I MIGHT play now. I would also like some form of an apology, in particular to those of us who were absolutely gung-ho over the game and defended it against those who dropped it early, claiming "don't worry! It will get better! They'll add more content and are going to be good to their fans!!" Sadly, I now see the error of my ways. All can be forgiven, if some sort of restitution is made on their part. I sincerely doubt that this will ever happen. Until then, I will simply leave you all with this:
Well played, Cryptic. Well played indeed.
Long-time Trek fan,
PS: Feel free to add your complaints. Perhaps one day Cryptic will have compassion upon us for what they have done and rectify the situation.
Look, it's simple. Cryptic never claimed that they wouldn't make these items available through the C-store. You didn't get ripped off, well, you ripped yourself off.
See, you got a free 30 days with each editon of STO you bought. IF you waited until that time expired before you bought the lifetime sub you'd be fine, but you jumped ahead and cost yourself those free days.
Now, if your "pre-order" items are available in store, no one owes you anything. You got those items for free. You didn't have to pay for points to purchase those items, you got them with your game purchase. You didn't pay MORE just to have those items.
July of last year you could buy a copy of STO with 30 days free for 9.99 most places. They started giving away a free copy of the game when you bought a lifetime account back then. I know, because I bought one for my friend.
If you spent $450, that is YOUR problem, no one promised you anything nor did they take anything from you. If you cared about your money that much, you wouldn't have spent that much in the first place for a couple pre-order items.
There are many things that I think Cryptic could do better, and maybe some they haven't done right...but this isn't one of them. You spent that money for bonus items, you got those items. They aren't free now, they still cost money. So where do you think you paid more, which you'd have to think in order to be OWED anything.
You deserve no apology because quite frankly, the game has gotten better since launch. There are many coming back that left early on. I think YOU should give some sort of apology and compensation for wasting forum space with another of these posts. Learn to search, there are plenty like this already.
Or in other word, you are telling them and other business who you bought stuff from that they must not offer any other promotion in the future since it's wrong...The price/offer for the item/offer you bought must stay the same until what you decide other wise????
No offense but lock yourself up in the deepest hole you can find because that is why is called marketing and promotion... Do you think i can go the the car dealer after a year and say you cheated me because now for the same price people are getting more option than me for the same car or that they are paying less? Oh and do not buy computer or computer parts.. Stay away from those evil company that lower the price very often...
For the part about getting better are you telling us they should apologies because they made the game better and added stuff in it or are you telling us that nothing changed since the start???
You know, you're right. They never claimed they would not make them available, however typically preorder items of this sort are exclusive and not available elsewhere.
You're also right, that each copy of the game came with 30 days of play... however for those of us who got the lifetime early, those periods of play were essentially nullified just because we wanted to pay less for the lifetime (that's now the same price as what I paid for it over a year ago, AND includes more).
You're also right that I got those items for free, however had I had ANY idea that they wouldn't stay exclusive, and that they would have been available in the C-Store literally months later, I would have held off and only purchased one copy of the standard edition of the game with a lifetime sub.
Regardless of WHEN they started including a free copy of the game with the lifetime subscription, that's still yet more of us alienated from launch who have paid for one (or more) copies of the game and got shafted shortly after.
What I cared about then wasn't the money. It was funding a company that I believed would support their customers, not treat them wrong, and do the franchise right with the game. What I got was a lot of wasted packaging and not a lot to show for it, either in terms of gameplay or support from those I'd given my money to. But you're right, it was my money, nobody forced me to do it, nor promised anything to me.
The "couple of preorder items" as you see it ended up being a huge waste of money. No, they are still not free, but the vast price difference per item (if you include the copies of the game and/or game time) are drastic and ridiculous.
I know how to search, I know that people are supposedly coming back, but why do you think they left in the first place? There are a lot who are in the same situation as I am, who would come back to play but feel cheated out of their money. How about instead of complaining how I am "wasting forum space," you try being more positive and helpful toward those of us who've felt this way for a long time? There may be many forum posts like this out there, and that only goes to further my point about the topic: What they did was not right!
I was actually one of the people in the IRC channels helping out with beta testing and giving helpful ideas back before the game launched. If it weren't for people like us who were there from the beginning, this game probably would have been canned already. I hope you enjoy what I helped support the creation of, because I won't be returning until something is done to rectify this matter.
What? Cryptic is responsible because YOU decided to impulse buy? Funny, I don't recall them stating you HAD to buy an LTS and multiple copies to play the game; that was your choice and your choice alone.
I kinda agree with ya.
But they long ago gave up.
There has been literally hundreds of threads on the subject. You bought the game not once but multiple times on your own accord. No where did they ever state "Pre order items would never be sold in game." The term exclusive is used in marketing a lot (I know I use it a lot hehe) to grab your attention. The item was exclusive to that store for pre-orders. Not saying "oh nah we won't ever sell it again." So how is it cryptic's fault for you buying multiple copies of the game?
So they decided to do a lifetime account sale. Which they never EVER said they wouldn't do again, and it includes a copy of the game. And your problem with this is...what? They get a game that's now (no offense to cryptic at all) 20 bucks? (Btw - Last time I checked this has been this way for awhile).
While your frustration is your own, this has been really beaten to death and really out of the blue. they've had a few lifetime sales (well 2 now that i think about it) since day one, and multiple c-store sales. Why all the anger now? :confused:
I can tell you why most left...
They were beta players who had already done everything in the game. They wanted to give it time to add new content. This is a typical problem with any MMO beta. You sign up, play for free, and realize when the game goes live that you have done all this already. So you come back a year later to new stuff.
Want me to be more helpful to returning players who feel they are owed something? Okay. First, you be more helpful to me for actually sticking around, toughing it out, and being vocal about what would make the game better...you know, better enough to bring those people back. While they ran away, many of us stayed here and gave feedback and worked to help make changes to improve the game. Then these players come back and demand something for the nothing they did? Yeah...I really want to help THOSE people out.
So let me ask you this:
If you bought a new car, the day it was released from the manufacturer, then 6 months later find they lowered the price, added a free cd player with MP3 hookup, and made the chrome wheels standard...would you go to them and ask for the difference back?
Point is. You thought it was worth the price when you bought it. Hopefully, otherwise you wouldn't have bought it. So now...it's not worth the price? Things are worth exactly what people will pay for them, and you paid what you did...so it was worth what you paid.
Maybe it isn't worth that any more, but that doesn't mean YOU got ripped off. I have lots of stuff that isn't worth now what I paid for it. I guess I should demand compensation from every one of those manufacturers.
And get over youself. You got to play the game for free, and you think they owe YOU something for testing? You didn't beta test alone, and they come to you and ask you to test. You wen to them and asked to test, and they let you. In return you played for free.
Had you not tested, you'd have more fun in the game. See, by the time the game launched you had already done all and seen all. That is your fault for testing in the first place. I have beta tested over 10 different MMO's in the last ten years., and I can tell you now that if you want something new to do on launch day...then you'd better not test the game.
Finally, I enjoy the game that I helped support. It has nothing to do with you, sir, and your ego is might high for someone who made a stupid purchase or six. I paid for two lifetime subs, I bought two copies of the game, I even spent some cash in the C-Store. Last I checked, that means I support this game too. From the looks of it, I support it more than you do.
So, good riddance I say. Who needs another gold-digger wanting something for free. You didn't mind paying that cash back when...but now you regret it. So is life, sir. My husband couldn't believe I spent money for a lifetime sub, but once he played he understood why I did. He loved the game too. Sure, I wish I had gotten that $50 discount on the Lifetime subs I purchased, but that deosnt' mean they weren't worth what I paid for them. Cryptic's got your money...so yeah, quitting is gonna hurt them so bad. Brilliant idea. Give them money then quit. Almost as clever as buying 5 copies of the game and then getting a lifetime sub before your time ran out.
Wow. And I thought I was bad during my rage-fueled rant a few months after the game released. I agree that the timing of the pre-order stuff being put up on the C-Store was bad, particularly in regards to the MU uniforms, but we were told that there was no guarantee that they wouldn't be sold eventually. Also, they put half (at most) up for sale. A fair number of the pre-order and edition items are still exclusive to their respective promotion.
As for the lifetime, the only thing that they added since the Captain's Table was a free copy of the game? I bought two copies of the game (CE and DDE) and I don't feel like I got ripped off. Hell, with the fact that the LTS has been increased to $300.00 USD I think that it's a good deal.
Nobody forced you to buy three copies of the game and a lifetime sub. That was your own choice.
A few questions..
Did you know that games depreciate in value as time passes?
New games that go for $50-80 will one day go for $10-20
All games do that.
This game can now be bought for $15, prolly cheaper elsewhere., so giving away a free copy of the game with a lifetime sub is hardly worth something to ***** about.
Actually any of your complaints regarding actual game pricing is null at this point because this
So lets just focus on the preorder and extra stuff ect. that you got.
Exactly how much money did you lose?
Its great that you were gung ho with the game at the beginning and all, I certainly was when it was in development by Perpetual ... and yeah,,, it sucked when they tanked, but to come on here and complain about, what seems to me, to be nothing more than a petty need to be identified as some "special" person that wants to be recognized as such kinda flys in the face of what the essence of star trek is about. Maybe its just me though ...
And to be honest this isnt the first time Cryptic has offered up "special ingame items" for sale.
They did the same over at City of Heroes.
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