Looks like EA gets some company as the pay-2-win protest hits the next publisher. Trion Worlds felt the wrath of angry customers last week after releasing a controversial pack that enables players to buy top-tier raid gear for real money in Rift. Players organized themselves on multiple platforms to lead the charge against the publisher, and eventually got what they wanted. On Saturday the community team informed everyone that the packs in question are being pulled until all the feedback is being reviewed.
This is one more indication that the situation created by EA’s Battlefield II overreach is not temporary. Players of other games seem to be more and more willing to fight unfair monetization and make a larger audience aware of issues. This topic is not going away soon. If it’s any indication, MassivelyOPs post about the packs features the most comments of all recent news on the site.
The best way to catch up with what has happened is this Reddit thread.. Oh and as if that wasn’t already enough, Trion World released another cash grab yesterday only to cause another outcry and pull that pack from the store as well! You can’t make that stuff up…
*** UPDATE ***
Trion Worlds’ CEO Scott Hartsman has posted a statement on the second pulled pack on reddit.
[su_quote]Orphiel’s Mount Crate, an item created for RIFT, was an attempt to do something new and create a tradeable box that guaranteed a rare cosmetic mount, but we badly misread how people would take it and that’s completely on us.
We removed the crate from the store late this morning, and are discussing how to handle similar content in the future. The RIFT team and Trion Worlds as a whole are always trying to do right by our players, but we don’t always get it right. This was one of those times.[/su_quote]
Read the full comment here.
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