Planetside 2 will be free-to-play. We’ve known this since forever. But it’s one thing for SOE to say as much, quite another for them to go about phasing money-making components into a game that’s been operating for free under the beta banner for months. One point of contention has emerged around weapons - purchasable for real money in the store but with no means to test them beforehand.
When Planetside 2 officially launches on the 20th, most weapons will be available to buy at increments of 250, 500 and 700 in station cash, which works out at $2.50, $5 and $7 respectively. Right now you can get them in exchange for in-game cert points, but what you can’t do is try them out first.
When asked on Twitter whether SOE would be providing a ‘trial room’ to test weapons by the launch date, CEO John Smedley replied: “No. But we are considering letting people try weapons they pick up. Also remember you can buy with certs.
“Not saying we never will [have a trial room] but we have no plans right now to do this.”
In-game purchases are a delicate matter, and Smedley has often talked about following LoL developers Riot’s lead in that respect. But have SOE misstepped here? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.