How many VIPs have (or will) canceled their subscriptions over this new pricing model vs how many have bought the paladin? Over time, it seems like the canceled subs would likely add up to a larger value of lost revenue. Paying $120USD per year already feels overpriced when compared with other games, and this latest model feels like gouging. What’s the ratio of fish to whales… and how many fish do you lose while targeting whales? D&D has had a large following for decades, so there’s a lot of us fish out here. We want to support the business so you keep developing the game, but the gouging laves a bitter taste.
Suggestion: Make the initial 8 characters available to F2P, and VIPs have access to all characters and content — this would encourage and incentivize F2P to subscribe and VIPs to keep subscriptions active. If a VIP’s subscription lapses, the expansion characters/content turn inactive until the sub is reinstated. Also, give F2P players an option to buy the expansion characters/content if they want.
Perhaps also offer subscriptions at reduced prices if committing to longer timeframes like a 3 or 6 month package.