I can pretty much guarantee that the Bug will be available in another limited-time promotional event within the next 3 months. They laid groundwork to increase the demand for this promotional event preemptively. Buy our limited edition widget for a 1:10,000 chance to win a Bug! (Only 200 zen per widget)
Frankly I find this fixation on the Bug to be annoying. Such levels of enthusiasm and attention should be reserved for factional ships, not some staff person's personal love affair with a minor ship of a minor fashion.
I never gave a damn about the bug till they said it can be a hanger pet!
I'm going to assume that everybody saying "situation is fine, get over it" already owns a Bug and so they are unaffected.
(My initial theory was that they were people selling bugs and cackling evilly at the though of a giant 500M chunk of profit dropping in their lap, but there aren't enough of the silly things for sale to support this theory)
The bug ship will almost certainly return. Don't whine about the price and supply, or the extra perk available to owners, start saving fast! If you miss it this time around it'll probably return by the end of the year, if last year was any indication.
I don't have a bug ship, but there are ways to earn and save EC. That's how I got my 6 lockbox ships and counting...off the exchange, not by opening boxes. When the bug ship returns, the exchange price will probably drop to 160-200 million EC at some point during its availability. That's still a lot of EC, but not...3,000 USD worth as the original poster suggested. (frankly, there's nothing in the game that costs that much, even now).
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It is , however, a stupid decision from a business and customer service. It lowers the value of the carrier and ,as such, there's no real reason to bother acquiring it over other ships.
The problem here is that you're assuming the ONLY reason to buy a Jammie Dread is the ability to use Bugs as Hangar Pets. Have you ever considered for the briefest moment that people might want the Jammie Dread on its OWN merits as a carrier? It's like the folks that complain about the Chimera "costing $300" when they ignore everything else an LTS gets them. It's like buying a sports car and declaring that "$200,000 for red brake calipers = RIP-OFF!!!"
I don't own one and can't speak to how cool or lame the default pets for it are (putting aside the fact that you can use whatever OTHER pets are compatible), but as far as I've read the Jammie Dread is far from a one-trick pony.
The Bug Pet gimmick is a BONUS, nothing more. It's there to increase the value of the carrier in the eyes of Bug owners, and to increase the value of the Bug in the eyes of Bug-lusters.
If that's not enough for you, well...that's the way the Ketracel crumbles.
TL;DR I'm not telling you what you should value when you buy your ships, but if you specifically choose to ignore the forest for the trees, that's not Cryptic's fault.
Last edited by unangbangkay; 02-25-2013 at 06:34 PM.