So who paid for a Season Pass?

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#1 Edited by MysteriousFawx (455 posts) -

I am literally looking at the menu to buy it but god damn if it doesn't seem expensive.... 9200 points, math wise if you don't have any spare points laying around...that comes to £80.75 (sorry I've only looked at UK pricing). Stacked up over time it isn't too bad. You'd pay £54 for 6 months of WoW not including the price of the box....only difference is WoW has been out a lot longer and you know what you're getting. Then theres still Starcraft 2....but thats a slippery slope. If I'm going to pay for this game the season pass seems the way but god damn if I'm not paranoid about it simply sinking within 3 months.

Anyone else got one and care to persuade me further? As this game seems to hit a wall on F2P from what most people are saying.

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#2 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2763 posts) -

It's $99.99 here.

I would do it for $59.99.

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#3 Edited by English (163 posts) -

If you really like aoeo it doesn't seem like a terrible investment to me. Means you basically get the "entire" game with all the content added over that period of time, whereas with most F2P games it will cost you hundreds of dollars to get everything.

At the same time, you're getting a lot of stuff you probably don't really need. Do you really need to have all of the premium civs? You're probably going to stick with just one civ or two anyway. I'm sure they'll also add a lot of content that not everyone will be interested in too.

Also keep in mind that they will have promotions on things in the future. They'll be discounting things and adding bundle packs over time.

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#4 Posted by MysteriousFawx (455 posts) -


If it was £50 here I'd have done it without any hesitation, the pricing just seems so high though....especially when you can just compare it to a boxed retail game.

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#5 Posted by Enigma777 (6285 posts) -

Not I. The maps just feel way too small...

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#6 Edited by sammo21 (5290 posts) -

$19.99 for even just one premium civilization is such a freaking rip off. I bought Civ 5 for $24.99 for sale on Steam and that game could last forever technically and is just as deep from everything I've seen. I went to investigate how much a premium civ would be since I heard them keep mentioning it in the podcast and the quick look and it costs $19.99...for one premium civ? Seems extremely lame to me.

For $100 you could be playing both SC2 and Civ5 without any worry. Even games like League of Legends give you the ability to earn in game points to buy characters with without spending any money at all...

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#7 Posted by Hizang (9358 posts) -

No I don't hate myself.

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#8 Posted by Grissefar (2904 posts) -

But for $100 you could get 5 real games, but of course those rarely have purple loot or heavy levelbased progression.

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#9 Posted by MysteriousFawx (455 posts) -

I reinstalled SC2 and played a few games since creating this thread, so far I've not lost a single match...don't think I'll be paying for premium considering this has cost me nothing and given me a bigger buzz

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#10 Posted by subyman (726 posts) -

Why not see all of what the F2P option has to offer before throwing down 100 dollars? I was considering buying a civ, but I kept playing and am starting to not like it as much. 100 dollars is a lot of money for only one game.

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#11 Posted by Maluvin (699 posts) -

99.99 just seems insane to me.  With everyone complaining about the amount of content you get for $60 games the $99 price point seems particularly odd.

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#12 Edited by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

@Sammo21: I replied to you in another thread, but just to clarify again here.. Comparing the civilizations here to the ones in Civ 5 isn't really fair. These are totally unique factions, similar to what you get in SC2, complete with their own individual campaigns. Starcraft 2 came with three factions and only one campaign and that was $60, so getting four factions and four campaigns for $100 isn't really a "rip off".. It just doesn't sound very appealing and they do a poor job of explaining exactly what you get.

I just think the pricing structure is odd. I'd have liked to be able to buy the civilizations for use in matches, without having to worry about progressing them through the campaign. I wonder if more purchasing options like this will become available later, it would certainly make the game more appealing.

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#13 Posted by CenturionCajun (1573 posts) -

Anyone know how long the Season Pass will be available? I'm mulling over giving it a go but don't want to drop the money until I have some free funds and am sure the game is worth it.

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#14 Posted by mmzOne (299 posts) -

I just had to check if they are silly enough to use 1$ = 1€. Sure enough in Euro zones it's 99,99€, which converts to 144$. So business as usual...
This is "slightly" more than I'm willing to spend to a game, especially this game. :(

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#15 Posted by HydraHam (1380 posts) -

No, i refuse to pay the $20 for the "premium" pack because it's beyond a rip off, the game is fun but im not paying that much money for bonus bullshit.

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#16 Posted by amomjc (978 posts) -

I would if I was in the position to, seems like a great deal for me as I see myself getting a lot of fun and time out of this game.

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#17 Posted by bacongames (3979 posts) -

The problem no one has mentioned about all these pricing models is that the market has much less direct input over how quickly or slowly the prices slide down. Traditional distribution models (both digital and physical) are vulnerable to price sliding which guarantees that various groups of people buy at various prices as it slides down to cheaper and cheaper. Maybe I'm wrong and they'll put their bundles and pricing on sale but there's no guarantee whereas that's an innate rule of the market that traditional games function under.

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#18 Posted by Silver-Streak (1841 posts) -

I have no intention to buy anything until the prices become slightly more reasonable. It's not an expansive persistent world like an MMORPG, so them charging over $16 a month when they have no where near the overhead seems unreasonable to me.

I'm very interested in the Celt civ, and would consider it if it's $10, but $16.66 per month for 6 months, up front, when you have no idea what their release schedule is, seems ridiculous.

All aside the game itself seems fun.

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#19 Posted by NaDannMaGoGo (338 posts) -

I cannot even believe people would even consider getting this. And as far as I know this doesn't even grant you access to everything during those 6 months. There's still stuff left where you got a 30% reduction on... duh.
Starcraft II: WoL alone has probably infinitely more content already than AoEo. Not completely comparable but yeh. That game costs what 50-60$. 
And some people here actually think paying 100$ to get [b]some, not all[/b] content within the next few months is actually worth it!?! How the fucking ffuck!?!
Does this game even provide more (valid) content than AoE 2? I highly doubt it. Because that game had a crapton of different races.
I doubt many RTS players care that much for that overall RPGish leveling up structure, I know I don't.

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#20 Posted by PixieNinja (207 posts) -

@MysteriousFawx: Your best bet is to play the free version, see how you like it, then consider shelling out for some of the DLC.

If you're paying for any of the addons using Microsoft Points, you can save yourself a chunk by buying the points online - 2100 points will set you back £14.97 from Amazon UK for example, so that 9200 point sting would set you back around £65 or so, better than the £79.99 they're asking for in the marketplace.

Of course, there are other deals if you don't want to spend so much money and just grab premium civs too - you can nab the two premium civs, plus the booster pack for 3600 points, £25.66 using the Amazon pricing. Not sure how long that launch bundle will stick around though.

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#21 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6117 posts) -
Points finger and laughs at anyone who actually bought it.
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#22 Posted by RafaelMei (355 posts) -

I just bought the Greek Premium pack, paying $100 upfront without even knowing what will actually come out of this game seems crazy.

Also, I'll probably get the Celts when they launch... Celts are awesome.

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#23 Posted by GideonAmos (211 posts) -

Still waiting for China or Japan. I love me some Chu-Ko-Nu.

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#24 Posted by chrissedoff (2353 posts) -

i'll probably buy premium celts when they release that, but i think that's all the money i plan to spend on age of empires online. maybe, maybe i will buy premium egypt in the meantime.

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#25 Posted by valrog (3741 posts) -

What. The. Fuck. I can't believe you people are paying for this.

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#26 Edited by Rhaknar (6299 posts) -

just a egipt premium for me, i didnt like what i played of greece up to lvl 7ish. And to be quite honest, the game has already paid for itself... i must have like 20hours in it already easily (im sure its more, Steam isnt tracking :( ) and im really liking it. Dunno if ill get to 40, especially since like Brad im a very slow player, i build huge bases/defenses/armies and then complete the missions, but yeah... totally worth the 20euros
also, im not sure that people realise how long it takes to get to lvl 40, im 14 myself, and most i see being talked about in general chat (which is a wow-level cesspool by the way) is 20-ish

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