Today is patch day in the world of uhm..Aria (still learning all the "lore") and last night players were chomping at the bit. Not only are there two new races to play, the Elves and the Giants, and a new land to explore but some exciting news for poor people!
Before, you could pay for a "re-birth" when you hit level 20 and re-roll your character as a child. Your skills stayed the same, but your level was reset. Essentially, it is a way to gain AP points (to "buy" new skills with) in that "Wow, I'm new and the AP points are coming at me like rain!" way. Players hit a slower climb at 20, rebirth themselves and gain the AP points faster. That service, normally about 9 bucks or so, is now free, but you will still have to buy a premium card to change appearance.
Also, the extended services of larger inventory and battle field rezzes (by that jiggly Asian woman I told you about) will now be free, as well as all the other cool lil gifts that come with those services. Things like armor/clothes dye,potions, tons of things. Now free.
It doesn't take long (or many purchases of the Sims expansions) to know how these things work. They put out a great game and charge you for all this little, cool stuff.
That's why my argument has always been that they will never charge you for the best of the best coolest stuff, just the little stuff that helps you get there.
I raised 60k withing 3 nights by simply doing a part time job. A top-of-the-line outfit (chosen mostly because of looks, showing the difference between "younger" games like this and more "raider" type games like almost every pay to play MMO) would run me about 500k. Granted, I would never spend that, but 100k is considered a decent amount of cash. And I raised 60k happily while chopping down wheat and barley.
The game plan is brilliant, and I am hooked. My "wait to see" has worked, being that now I can re-birth myself and get all those coolest services for free. Also, that tells me that they will probably be putting some new stuff into the cash shop that is much more...tempting.
They know what they are doing.