So I pulled the trigger today and pledged my support for Star Citizen and banked me an Origin 300i. A bit more than I’m used to spending on a game, but I’m hoping it pays off. Seeing as how this is from the vision of the Wing Commander man (and Freelancer too! Oh my!), my money is probably better spent here than some of the other games out there today. If you’ve got this, I’m PadrinoFive7 there as well (shocking, I know).
I am a bit weary, however, as I was a bit shocked at the prices they were asking as far as pledges go (some items were well above the $100 range and others even into the $1K+ range), and honestly, I felt mine to be a bit above norm for a game that doesn’t exist today. That said, I’m concerned that I feel as though I’ll be one of the lower-class in-game, despite having dropped 65 real, hard-earned dollars I’m praying these high prices (say $50+ for a new ship in real cash) don’t remain after the game goes live. I enjoy games, and I certainly wouldn’t mind an MMO like this to be worth my time, but I don’t want it to be a huge money-pit either, and it shouldn’t be. I’d love to see this not become a Pay-To-Win as I’ve seen so many other games turn out as of late when they rely on selling every possible item in a real-dollar market. The rich pay their way to being (see: owning) the best and those of us who are selective with our gaming cash suffer under them or through absurd amounts of hourly gameplay just to move up in the world (Yes, Planetside 2, I’m looking at you). If one couldn’t afford to purchase the game and weapons even somewhat equivalent enough of taking down their high-priced ‘loot’, you were left spending more time grinding and doing meaningless tasks than you were actually enjoying the game.
We’ll see, I suppose. I’ve got my hopes, my doubts, and I intend on taking them with me to Star Citizen’s space. Who’s with me?