17 Pledge Packages
3 Additional Pledge Package Tiers
17 Digital Add-Ons
7 Physical Add-Ons
4 Subscription types
What else is going to be promised for a game that won't be ready for two more years? With more content continuing to be added and promised, it seems like the community is being nickel and dimed to death to gain access to it. Isn't the total of $7,328,084 (plus additional from outside backers) being raised enough to keep backers informed and supply extras without charging too much for them?
I'm glad that a Comm Link release and Spectrum Dispatch are put out 1 to 1 1/2 times a week but I am upset that there needs to be a paid subscriber service for information. And that for the subscriber service, there's no tier system for pricing that would offer a better prices for longer subscriptions.
I have pledged and I believe in supporting this game but there isn't an incentive for me to purchase any of these items (especially for Jump Point of which I'm very interested in) because they are cost prohibitive with the amount known versus the potential for change. Yes, the skins will change your appearance but will that cause the authorities to stop following you if you're a pirate or will a bounty hunter have difficulties ID'ing your ship if you change the skin? The add-on ship prices are also relatively high despite not receiving additional items like the packaged deals. (I understand there's a problem with adjusting the ship prices versus people who pledged, but make the incentive worthwhile and comp the earlier promotion with something else like credits.)
Add-on Aurora ship -
Scout-Package $30.00 USD -
- The finished game for your PC with your RSI Aurora spaceship ready to fly.
- Exclusive access to the Alpha and Beta
- 1,000 credits
- White Citizens Card
Of all of the additions, the thing that bugs me most is Jump Point. The community currently receives updates every Friday, sometimes sporadically between, and these updates are the highlight of my week concerning Star Citizen. They are also when I'm most involved (involved in the sense of surfing the forums and gauging reactions). I feel that now I'm being asked to pay for information that I was told I would receive and in turn pay more than what I think they are reasonably worth.
"For the people who pledge for their spaceship in the Star Citizen universe, you’ll be part of a select club that has exclusive access to early gameplay and behind the scenes development updates."
"In addition, part of the money we are asking for is budgeted to maintain the Roberts Space Industries site with constant updates. For those of you that joined before the official announcement on October 10th you’ll know that we’ve been doing two to three updates A DAY. Our goal is for the game’s website to be live from day one, constantly giving information about what’s happening in the galaxy even before the game is live, sharing interesting insights into the development process and canvassing the early backers for their opinions. Roberts Space Industries should be the first stop into the Star Citizen universe. When we say we want to involve the community, we really mean it!"
Why would you make the community pay if you want them involved and want to provide constant information. I can't quantify paying $120.00 a year to be the "first" for details that should filter down to the community that supported it initially. I want to continue to support Star Citizen but adding fees for something that should be included is off base. I could understand making users who pledged log-in in order to view materials and keeping information from forum users who haven't pledge, but asking people who pledged to pay a second time with recurring fees for something that was offered initially doesn't add up.
In the table below, I have compared Jump Point to several other publications to highlight the relative cost of subscription to the total page count and frequency of publication. Note that this table does not attribute a cost or value to the multimedia that is also to be provided in the Jump Point package.
The first issue of Jump Point contained 24 pages and included a video. If the monthly cost is $10.00 USD then that would equate to about 42 cents a page (not including the video) for the first issue of Jump Point [10 / 24 = 0.42]. Included in the table are EON Magazine (Eve Online's quarterly publication), Time and Newsweek (weekly news publications), and Wired (a monthly publication covering technology, science, politics, and culture).
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