Piestro, post: 3038184, member: 17 wrote:Dear EverQuest Member,
Thank you for your feedback regarding our membership benefits. The result has led to a brand-new offering that we’re excited to bring to our valued players.
On or about April 2nd, we will be rolling out a simple, new All Access membership plan full of value. In the new All Access plan, members will be able to:
•Claim 500 Station Cash monthly from within the game marketplaces.
•Receive a 10% discount on marketplace purchases.
•Gain access to exclusive promotions and offers throughout the year.
And we’ve gone a step further…
We will be upgrading all existing individual game memberships to the new All Access plan, which will include the top-tier membership level in all eligible SOE games (EverQuest, EverQuest II, DC Universe Online PC, PlanetSide 2 PC, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and the upcoming EverQuest Next and EQN Landmark) for one, low monthly rate of $14.99 (with extra savings for 3, 6 and 12 month plans). We’re also finalizing membership benefits to other games such as Dragon’s Prophet and will share these new updates as available.
We value you as a player and want you to know we are listening so please continue to share feedback. We hope the new All Access membership plan will allow you to further your enjoyment of your favorite SOE game, and discover exciting, new experiences across our current and upcoming portfolio of online games.
On or about April 2nd, all players with existing memberships will be automatically upgraded into the new plan. So sit back, relax and enjoy the new savings and benefits!
To learn more and keep up to date on our progress regarding this program, please visit our FAQ here: https://forums.station.sony.com/soe/ind ... 500063040/
To receive timely updates about SOE games, exclusive membership deals, and more please opt-in to SOE emails here: https://account.station.sony.com/authen ... ?theme=soe
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in game soon.
Sony Online Entertainment LLC
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The New SOE All Access Plan & FAQ
SOE's Senior Director of Global Communications Michele Cagle provided us with the following information and forum links:
Free Realms: This game has been a true labor of love at SOE and we’ve experienced amazing memories with our players over the years. The game has reached a point in its life cycle where players are moving on to other games. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished with this game and have unwavering praise for our players who joined us along the way. The game will sunset on March 31, 2014. For more info, visit: https://forums.station.sony.com/freerea ... lms.40323/
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures: The game is now at a stage in its cycle where players are growing up and moving on so we have mutually agreed with LucasArts to sunset the game on March 31, 2014. We will be sending the game off in an exciting way that players would come to expect for this epic franchise. For more info, visit: https://forums.station.sony.com/clonewa ... res.18224/
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes: As one of our longest running games, this was a difficult decision that wasn’t taken lightly. As a company, our mission is to deliver the best online worlds, but given the decreasing player population we cannot justify the resources required to support and update this game in a way our players deserve. With the increasing technical challenges involved in updating this older game, we would be doing our players a disservice as these are issues that cannot be resolved in the long term. The game will sunset on July 31, 2014. For more info, visit: https://forums.station.sony.com/vg/inde ... ard.71211/
Wizardry Online: We have mutually agreed with our partners at Gamepot to sunset this hardcore fantasy MMORPG based on the Wizardry franchise on July 31, 2014. The opportunity to bring this storied franchise to players across North America was a great honor, and we thank the players for the battles and experiences we’ve celebrated together in the game. For more info, visit: https://forums.station.sony.com/wo/inde ... -end.4771/
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Seems maintaining security is the overall consideration for cost, not actually keeping the games running.
[–]chooseareality 12 points 19 hours ago
It was sad to hear about the closing of those games. In the future will SOE be looking at other alternatives to closing games similar to what ArenaNet is planning with Guild Wars where the game will move to automation to run itself at a much lower cost, even going so far as procedurally generating events?
[–]j_smedley[S] 18 points 19 hours ago
This isn't a big cost issue. The real problem is maintaining the code bases when we update our authentication or security updates. It's really that simple. The costs scale with the userbases. It's just getting prohibitively expensive in terms of time to maintain these games.