GW2 Director: ‘Responsible’ Devs Give Free Updates
Ready to be shocked by a random act of being awesome? If you worry that Guild Wars 2′s spectacular sales might turn ArenaNet and NCsoft into nouveau riche jackasses who ride around in diamond plated cars* and commence to bilking their customers out of every last cent just because they can, you may now relax. You bought the cow? They’re giving you even more milk free of charge.
That comes direct from Guild Wars 2 director Colin Johanson, who chimed in on a discussion of GW2 updates on the game’s official forums with this rather excellent statement of principles:
No need to buy [updates], Gw2 will feature consistent free content updates and in-game events going forward. Our goal is to make it so you get more from Gw2 for free than you get from a game you pay a subscription for.
On top of a large amount of free bonus content, we will be expanding on offerings in the Black Lion Trading Company going forward, as well as be doing large-scale expansion content down the road.
We’ll cover a lot of the details on the kind of support and plans we have in place over the next month or so on the Gw2 blog and with our press partners.
We do appreciate that you’d like to buy lots of new content, but we’d prefer to give a lot of it to you for free, cause that’s what we think a responsible MMO company does!
This puts them in extremely good company, and comes as a tremendous breath of fresh air, especially compared to some developers we could mention. I’m not much of an MMO gamer, but this puts me squarely on Team ArenaNet for the foreseeable future. Who knows, maybe this hilarious graphic may yet be obsoleted!
* Maybe that’s just what I’d do.