Aggro Me: Station Access Price Rise
Station Access Price Rise
Gang, you're supposed to up the subscription price after you add a new title to the lineup. You want to count the new Everquest Progression Server? That's really stretching it.
Station Access is a monthly subscription which covers a bunch of SOE games for one price. You can check out the list of games here. The price has been upped to $24.99 from $21.99 for an increase of $3.00.
I think it's a little cocky to increase the subscription price on a range of titles that has been around the block a bit. I think Tanarus predated Pong. You do get EQII, which is the one "premier" title on the list, in my opinion. And SWG, Planetside and EQ are certainly playable and have active communities. If you want to count MXO on that list, up to you. I'll let you know when I try it.
I'm not out to kill the Access subscription - it's a great option and I don't think it's a bad deal if you fit the profile. Planetside certainly gives you different gameplay as a break from EQII. And I do know some people who really enjoy playing SWG and EQII in equal measure or even staying in touch with their friends in EQ. It's not a terrible lineup and if you're making good use of at least two or three of the titles on the list, I think the $25 a month is fair enough. If you're a monogamous, one MMO kind of player, you would be wasting your money.
Aggro Tip (TM): Stop charging people for the software for your older games. No one wants to fork over $19.99 for Planetside. It just feels wrong. And the Station Collection is a bit overrated as I pointed out here. You can still sell it to have a retail presence but drop the price a bit.
The way to go? Charge the $25 a month. But when people subscribe for at least 3 months, give them free downloads of all the software (or at least everything but EQII). Count yourself lucky to get the subscription fees and forget the software sales. I think you would attract a lot more people to the program that way and end up making more money in the long run.