What is Sony thinking? If you haven’t seen the email circulating yet, it is the latest sell out by Sony where they are claiming a limited release of a virtual mount in Everquest II for twenty-five dollars.
I have not seen the statistics on this new mount, nor do I really think I care to but it seems to me that Sony is sinking to its lowest depths by grafting such a ridiculous price for an item in a game.
Even if the mount was twice as fast as any other mount in the game, which I can almost guarantee it is not, I cannot believe they would stoop so low as to overcharge their loyal customers 25 dollars.
What is next for these guys? Buying a virtual house for a hundred dollars? Or even better yet, creating a mortgage on a piece of virtual property and making their players pay each month to own it?
So now players must pay a monthly subscription fee, plus purchase overpriced expansion sets, and now if they want to stay competitive to the other guy, they need to start forking over large amounts of cash for ingame items? Where does it end?
Of course no one is forcing the player to buy these things, but its a true shame to offer such an over priced item to individuals who may not think the purchase completely through. Also many of the players are children, naive to the world, of such unsavory practices as claiming an item “MAY” be available only for a month — so buy now. Then again, it may be available for 12 months but why should they tell the players that. . . .
All in all, I am horribly disappointed in this latest move.