Saturday, December 01, 2007

Granado Espada becomes free!? The ironies...

Yesterday my faction member, Bandeau had notified us that there was going to be an announcement that "GE WILL NOT BE THE SAME AFTER TODAY". Truth to be told, I didn't know what to expect. Rumors were spreading all over, and into the faction. And then it came,"GRANADO ESPADA GOES FREE". Hardly 3 months that they announced that they went P2P, they changed it back to F2P due to "IMC's global direction for GE where the servers are maintained as F2P". I knew it was coming as Korean and Japanese version of GE were free, but it seems that i have deliberately wasted my money on the Limited Edition Box which cost me RM185.

The irony now lies in the article they published 3 months ago being a P2P game.

"A free to play system creates a significantly larger base of players who do not invest anything in the game other than time. Some of these players will not care about following rules of conduct or fair play. If they receive a warning or ban, they can instantly create another account for free and re-enter the game."
Right, so now we're going F2P, and we will have even more freeloaders than what we have now.

"An extremely large player base can also lead to server crowding, without providing adequate revenue for IAHGames to install and run new servers. It is our goal to maintain an optimal volume of players on all worlds, and to open new worlds as necessary. A free to play system would hamper our ability to do so."
It is obvious that servers will now be even more crowded. So, whose gonna pay for your new servers?

"Along with server crowding, Customer Service and support lines would be stretched to accommodate the large player base, once again without providing the necessary revenue that allows IAHGames to expand the CS staff to meet the number of needs and requests of our gamers. We do not think it is fair if customer service experiences a queue of some 99 requests, and a paying customer, one who supports the service, is stuck 99 slots behind players who is not paying for the service."
Your customer service did nothing and we paid for it.It just isn't adequate, and now all the ex-P2P players are also stuck with the 99slots of players who did not pay for the game.

"The accessibility of a free to play system also opens the doors for gold farmers, scammers, and others who wish to manipulate Granado Espada’s in-game world to meet self-serving desires other than entertaining game play."
As if it isn't bad enough now, the economy of Granado Espada will be ruined so badly it will NOT be recoverable. Some say having plague of bots will make items cheaper in the long run. However, the effect was actually opposite, as bots farmed the items, they keep it for themselves, and sell it at a high price because they can control the monopoly of these items.

"We feel that players who invest both their time and money in Granado Espada will be more likely to show love for the game, their fellow gamers and the Granado Espada community as a whole. These are the kind of gamers we cherish at IAHGames, and the type of customer we consider first when providing our services."
I can only say I feel cheated at this point.


Now IAHgames wants to remedy this problem by "rewarding" P2P users with cash items.

"5 x Enhancement Tranquilizers
5 x Enhancement Boosters
5 x Soul Crystals
5 x Hrin’s potions
1 x Combat Manual Expert (30 days)
1 x Tactics Manual (15 days)
1 x Forgotten Territory Pass"
They also intend to convert all the gameplay time that users have reloaded into with a ratio of 1day:30gpts. I have 200 days left, so that gives me 6000gpts. 6000gpts is like RM20. I spent like RM180 for the LE box, and at least another RM100 on gpts top up. How does 6000gpts and the reward package look like a fair compensation?

At the moment, I can only say that there will be alot of changes from now on. No doubt I'll continue playing Granado Espada, I would NEVER play another online game from IAHgames. Sorry IAHgames, your business ethics suck.


Sources:

Granado Espada goes P2P!
Granado Espada goes F2P!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

dude so your saying granado espada is free to play now??
really??

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