Ofcourse some details could be worked here and there, like making it a one time thing, or offering some little pet/mount to make it more appealing, but it could work.
Making it a one time thing? Drama 2.0!
I seriously don't understand what the whole fuss is about, btw. SE offered a limited special offer for especially loyal customers who paid for a game when its survival was at stake. It takes a full 9 months (1500*9 = 1000*3+1000*9) until the investment made during the legacy gamble pays off. So if anything, I want to see those who want the legacy pricing pay 45 bucks upfront before they are even allowed to dream about it. Because otherwise, I would want my 45 bucks back. Since I didn't play a single second during the three months I paid for!
It's like asking for a point card bonus without buying anything before. Or rather like asking for a dividend payout without having invested. Go tell Apple how upset you are that they don't offer their shares at the 1982 rate nowadays! Edited, Apr 11th 2013 3:38am by Rinsui
#1 The game was not in any danger of being shut down, that is a lie that i dont even know why it still thrown around, Yoshida and SE themselves said "Hey we are gonna charge you guys because of Giggles! But in the case nobody subs up, we are going to go foward with the development of the game" So this notion that legacy players saved the title is utter crap, SE was gonna make ARR one way or another :) We just paid them for pretty pictures they posted and reposted and reposted in every interview up until today.
#2 It is an entierly different metter, when you are basically telling the MMO Genre: Hey! We are gonna charge this guys that are totally irrelevant in the outcome of this game less money because they had low standard of sticking with a game that was utter garbage based on a few screenshots and letters, while you the vast majority whos success of this game relies on, we are gonna charge you the full price.
#3 If legacy only entailed a Free box copy of the game, the gobbu mount and w/e, that would be a different story, but to pay half of what a regular player has to pay, is a different story, people will be put off by that, all i am advocating is a chance of obtaining legacy by giving SE lots of Cash! Even more cash that legacy players originally paid :)
If you only got legacy because you wanted to help SE and loved the game, you should not be opposed to this, unless in reality all you care about is being a special snowflake