You already got stuff that new players can't get, and again, you are getting this game for free. That is pretty awesome in my opinion.
People really need to stop saying that. It's one thing to try and explain to people why they're not getting more, but the game is not free. They already paid for it. I also don't see the point in bringing up that the game was F2P during 1.0 to try and make it look better than it is. A large majority of the people who bought 1.0 and even Square Enix themselves didn't feel the game was worth it. What's the point of that?
That said, early access is just a bad idea anyway because of the way it's set up. A 3 day advantage might not seem like much, but it's an advantage. I do feel that if SE was going to have pay-to-win access, they should have given it to the 1.0 CE owners. The 1.0 CE was pretty meh compared to the ARR CE and 1.0 CE owners only get the 14 day trial period. Show some love SE.
It's my honest opinion that it would just be the right thing to do. It doesn't make any sense to me that you would exclude anyone the opportunity to play with friends without having to pay for it... twice.
Well, considering 1.0 is almost an entirely new game, yes, you are getting a new game for free. If it was basically the same thing as 1.0 but with a new coat of paint, I'd agree with you. It's not. The point of bringing up that 1.0 was free is that it was free for over a year while they were feverishly trying to fix the game. They could have just as easily said "sorry folks, game sucks, we're cancelling it." but they didn't. They started putting out letters from the producer every couple weeks, asking for feedback, listening to the players and responding in a timely manner, all while still allowing people to play for free as they fixed it.
And no, the 1.0 owners didn't "only get the 14 day trial period". They also got ALL of the ARR CE in-game items, which is amazing. Behemoth barding and a couerl mount alone make that one of the coolest "thank you's" I could ever get from SE. They didn't have to do that at all, but they did. They also get the onion helm, which isn't even accessible to 2.0 CE players. All of that to me is them showing plenty of love. I'm sorry you disagree.
It's my honest opinion that they did the right thing. They gave an incentive for new players to purchase the game with early access and pre-order items, and they gave an incentive for players of 1.0 to either upgrade from regular copy, or to buy the game for another system to get the other items and early access, or just to experience it on a different platform. I honestly can't believe you're getting this upset over three days. Yeah, it's an advantage. Big whoop. How much of an advantage will it be even a couple weeks after launch? Almost non-existant.
I find that completely absurd.
As absurd as an early access program is for a 3 year old game. I agree
I don't see anything absurd about early access. I understand you do, so I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree.
Edited, Aug 21st 2013 10:21am by BartelX