RaiderZ: When F2P Fails

Posted by on October 23, 2012 - 5 Comments »

That's a $12 respec.

I have always been thrifty. Someone that is weary of getting nickel and dimed or outright screwed over by large companies. As such, I was very cautious of early free-to-play titles. Especially when the title happened to be an import from the East, where the game design of pay-to-win is acceptable. Pay-to-win has dwindled but renting needed content, such as bag space or mounts remained for a while. Because of that I began a column called “The Price of F2P.” I’ve resurrected it for Lore Hound on occasion when I felt compelled and, sadly, I’m tempted to do it for RaiderZ.

I purchased the Founder’s pack to support MAIET Entertainment and Perfect World Entertainment’s investment in a title based on a collection of unique boss fights. It’s a design I have discussed was all I needed in a game, so I felt compelled to put my money where my mouth – so to speak – is. I’ve already supported the title’s development and it technically hasn’t even been released yet. And, to a small extent, I’m starting to feel a bit of buyer’s remorse.

Hit the jump to read what’s making me so annoyed with my initial live play session of RaiderZ.

During my stream session of the open beta I began to level quickly. Upon being prompted to slot a few skill points I was informed that the decision was permanent. Worried about pulling a Dungeon & Dragons Online and trashing a character I ran a quick Google search. Turns out, it wasn’t kidding. Past level 15 you cannot reset character skills unless an item is purchased from the cash shop. For me, this now means I need to spend most of my career leveling as a healer or be forced to pay cash money down the road.

Bottomline: The ability to respec a character should not cost real-world money, especially given the routine balance changes and situational issues games of this ilk have. Get your financial support by other means, content, boosts, or cosmetic items.

It’s clearly early in the life of RaiderZ, but this issue has definitely caused me some ill will. I don’t believe there is any reason to fear being nickeled and dimed by RaiderZ in the long run, but I am going to look at their cash shop and business model a little closer. Stay tuned for the follow-up article.