i dont see what the issue is now - you want to move, you pay for it. the only problem would be someone with lots of alts and will have to pay for each. if anything is to be changed with this, i would only suggest maybe offer a "bundle" deal - instead of paying 25 for each of say 5, you pay $100 and move 5 instead of just 4.
They could easily make current raids cross realm able, and have several servers link the AH to help solve some of these problems without server transfers. This doesnt make them money, which is why they dont do it.
Maybe they can stick their profit up their ass for once?Why not.I don't think they're going to die for this one measly thing that allows players that actually pay a sub each month to play the game like it's supposed to be played.
You can go all ''it's a company profit blabla'' on me but players aren't asking them to start giving out free everythings,just one,ONE service that might even bring players back and stop players from leaving on dead servers.They'll still make millions at the end of the month no worries.
I like how unhappy people should stay for people who are stubborn over their charnames / community they have (or had in the past). Later ones are the reason nothing changes atm and ppl unsub. If they are happy with their names and guild and friends then great. BUT either they accept that their guilds and friends are leaving as soon as they can 4 free and telling "lol me not care sry" or they really should hold themself back for only want to hold others back because it affects their game experience (AH, pugs etc.) since there is nothing social in it...
here is a business plan
X is the money made with transfer and/or faction change (not even including race and name change)
Y is the money they could potentially make (people coming back) if transfer are free
as long as X>Y, free transfer is not going to happen
The logic behind is that they know they have a solid product, and built up tons of consumer good will, they know player will put up with this and either pay or reroll.
fact is, they certainly have metrics, they have the reasons why people quit. They knew about this 1.3 millions leaving for 2 month now (ending march 31st)
Like i said, if free transfer hasn't happen by now to re up the subs, it's not going to happens anytime soon.
Someone in these forums once said
"investors care more about actual income than number of subs"
Last edited by Vankrys; 2013-05-11 at 12:31 AM.
Money issue aside, I believe this will cause more issues then it fixes.
First off it'll make dead realms worse off for those that stay for some reason. Not everyone reads news and such outside the game. It'll make the dead realm issue far worse.
There is also realms that aren't quite dead, but getting close. I would say my realm fits that mold. Free xfers are likey to kill a few of though and turn them into dead realms, once again making the dead realm issue worse.
It will wreck the games economy. People will take the buy low sell high on AH to a new level. Buy low on one realm, xfer a mule, xfer him back in a month. This will mainly affect dead realms.
A better idea would be to allow a paid xfer to take all your characters from one realm to another realm. Maybe limit it once a quarter or something, and/or a slight higher fee. It can only be from one ream to another, and you can choose to leave some behind (to keep with friends who want to stay). This would be better and should stop realm issues free xfers will cause.
Also I didn'tt read past the first page, so sorry if this has been brought up and talked about already.
Instead of leeching the most profit possible out of a game like some old school vampire what about about having some vision?
Investing in the quality of the game and the game experience and who knows the investors might end up with shares of the greatest mmo ever?
How hard is it to see that if your product is top quality it will end up making the goddamn profit?
money dictating games design is bad. It's partially the problem we face with EA (but let's not go there, don't want to derail the thread)
On Topic: Free transfers will have as a direct effect player going to a dozen (speaking EU English here) "High Pop" realms, leading to possible queues and general overpopulation problems. Mergers, on the other hand, will result in extremely damaging publicity to investors and players. Which is why I think that more cross-realm stuff (starting with x-realm AH) would be a good start.
Also lol. Save ONE transfer for buying 5? no thanks. That's a horrible ratio.
- Once every FOUR-SIX months, free realm transfer
- Once every month, free Race or Faction transfer
I'm not sure that blizzard will find it viable to offer free transfers.
However I do wish that they offered a discount when moving multiple characters. If it's $25 to move 1 toon, it should be $50 to move any number of toons from 1 server to another at the same time. They need some kind of bundle for alts.