I'd also have hoped that they would have gone back and spiced up the earlier vet-rewards to make subscription even remotely worth considering.
I think it should be clear by now that bringing in new subscriptions is not a goal. The only reason there are gold accounts and silver accounts in free to play is because they had lifetime subs.
You look at the matrix "Why bother subbing?" well that is because they don't want you to sub. You are more likely to spend 20 or 30 bucks in the C-Store if you don't have to worry about paying a sub at the end of the month.
The average sub in an MMO is active for about a year. But if you don't have a sub and have spent money to buy things you have reason to keep coming back. And paying more for other stuff in the store.
So an Android, Starship Material, and Exclusive Ship Type. Those are some pretty big and awesome promises. I hope you can hold to them.
With the Android, make sure there's one of each type (Tac, Engy, Sci), also, each gender as well. With the ship, you're going to have to do something unique, cause not everybody will want an Escort, Cruiser, Science, BoP, or Carrier.
FREE exclusive starship “material” that give veteran starships a unique look.
Is this the "Material 6" which is currently on some of the +1 ships as well as the upcoming Odyssey Class (Ent-F) ? I think it's the wrong way to go, if you intend to start making "special textures" only available to Veterans. Especially if that texture is "Material 6" which makes ALL ships look alot more canon (such as the leaked Intrepid pics that CapnLogan posted a while back).
Would love some clarification on this part.
Even more of a reason to subscribe. Veteran rewards are one of the few perks that Gold members have. It may take nearly 2.5 years to get it, but hey, most of us are nearly there, and it gives new F2Pers a reason to subscribe if they really want the material (a very small insignificant reason, and few will probably subscribe solely for the material, but perhaps all the veteran rewards together will help sell subs)... glad I'm lifetime
I am in full support of ALL the stated rewards, and am particularly interested in more info on the Android BOff, the unique uniform, and unique ship (hoping the varient is more than just another shuttle) :-D
Taking the VA token only to put it in a slot where currency used to be doesn't sit well. I'd have a hunk of dilithium put in there instead, and the VA tokens either added back into the game, or put in a 'low' Veterancy like 100.
In addition to the above, we are adding something new to the 600 day reward. We removed some free Emblems from the 600 day reward recently because we knew we were removing Emblems from the game economy. We are replacing this part of the award with a free Vice Admiral Starship Token.
First: wasn't this going to the 500 day reward? I though it was the 500 day that had the emblems removed. Also, you are not replacing the emblems with tha VA token. You are just giving back something that shoudn't never be taken, and making it take longer to get it. So, you still have to compensate the 250 emblem (or 250 emblems times 480 dilithium/emblem = 120k dilithium) somehow. My sugestion: to avoid the case were a person would mass create characters and auction the dilithium for CP, make the reward be unlocked only when the character hit level cap. You may even create a funny mission to award it. I may imagine one where you intercept a ferengi smuggling dilithium for the klingons, and starffleet let you stay with the cargo as a reward for the mission.
About the other awards: full of win. Really liked it. One question: the mugato pet will be a combat pet? If it is a combat pet, this gets even better. But all this is good. Really, really liked it.
I agree with others obviously...
All the rewards sound very cool, I look forward to them, but...
The replacement for the 250 Emblems is Oh so lame...
I think an equivilent amount of Dilithium at the very least would be more appropriate.
You took away currency, currency should replace it.
All MHPO, of course.