This games design and everything about it supports the F2P model of development (in a general way), but I’m curious about what would need to be broken, and fiddled with game-play wise for that switch to happen.
Game-play always goes fiddly, when you switch to f2p and there are annoying ways it effects the in game ‘feel’ of how things reward the player.
That skinner box vibe I guess. W/e you do to that core reward system to make people justify grinding to get the reward instead of just paying the flat initial fee does something to sour the experience, especially for people who payed before such a switch.
I always felt very negative about TF2 going free to play, because the skill level I’d acquired and that of the players I was facing was very very high, compared to that of those whom came on when it switched.
So at some level I felt like Valve owed me an apology for not accommodating (me/) their pay-in fan base more, and for not communicating enough about the desire to go f2p.
Not being able to play the game at the skill level I wanted or against the skill level I wanted to face really disrupted what TF2 as an experience had become to me. Really Valve didn’t invest enough in accommodating their pay in fan base. Core fans. Being the saints of PC gaming maybe it didn’t effect their reputation enough to warrant a huge expenditure, but it did put a sour note in their previously spectacular record.
You don’t apologize for ruining a core fan’s playing experience by giving them a stupid hat.
So. What would you need to have them do if Evolve made the switch to F2P? Obviously you’d want something, them changing the product in such a spectacular fashion warrants that especially if they’re changing the product you’d already paid for.
So besides them giving you a full refund, or equivalent $ in w/e points that their store would run on… what would you need from them to emotionally feel like you hadn’t been done dirty, or manipulated?
Like the game you liked at the start, stayed that, through that transition. What would need to not change for you?