I killed 40.000 enemies in 3 years i've been playing this game, probably 90% of these kills were with bolt action rifleman, I don't need more toys to enjoy the game. I want to make this very clear so nobody thinks I'm complaining about F2p to get more toys for myself. My complain about F2p system is based on low player retention.
This game has more than 600.000 downloads on steam and only 17 currently playing, and the reason is that this F2P system doesn't work. And doesn't matter how many times the anti-freeplayer fanboy club repeat sentences like "if you can't afford spending 20$ a month get a job" or "you spend more money in coffee" are not going to change the fact that F2p model in this game is a complete failure.
Right now we have a CRS team that cares about the game, in the last 3 years they have fixed offset bug, stairs bug, invisible eis, inmortal eis, they introduced new weapons, new vehicles, released the game on steam, italians, and yet we are losing population every day. After WBS is over population is dropping and right now tz1-2018 remembers me tz3-2015...are we waiting to tz1 finally becomes new tz3 with 20 players online to react? Maybe then will be too late...
Something must to be done, because doing 1 WBS once a year in order to regain some population for a while is a bussiness model that is not working well. In my opinion I see two different paths CRS can take according to F2p model:
1. Delete F2P and make the game subscription-only >>> which means to have a good income but bad population
2. Better designed F2P model >>> you will have less income at first, but better population...and better population will lead to a better income
Now, what I mean for better designed F2P model? Here are is my idea:
- Starter account it's useless, delete it
- Keep a premium account with real market price like 12,99$
- Add branch suscription at lower price, for example 9,99$
- Only F2p should have SD
- F2p should use the bad equipament of each tier, but they should have access at least to 1 tank, 1 plane, 1 atg/aaa, 1 ship
- F2p on underpop side should recive a little bit more of equipament
- Medals, ribbons, achievements and stats should be implemented in game
- Ranks system should be improved so it means something
- Payware skins, camouflage, decals, costumization should be implemented in game
- When someone kills you, you should see his Ribbons, rank, stats, etc.