The initial attraction to Guild Wars was simple – it was an MMORPG that did not require a credit card. The other thing I admired about Guild Wars was a genuine respect that ArenaNet had towards players. The fansite program showed that. Recently, things have started a change. This post is a call to action, so that ArenaNet can return to their glory days. The Bonus Mission Pack should be accessible to all Guild Wars Players, even those without credit cards!
The deadline passed with Halloween. Unless you dropped $29 or more in the Guild Wars Online Store, you will not be enjoying the Bonus Mission Pack. The easiest way to fulfill that requirement was to purchase Guild Wars: Eye of The North through the online store. But if you don’t have a credit card, or if you wanted a pretty box, you would be missing out on extra content. Do understand that I’ve already met the requirement. This ‘Friendly Petition’ is not a rant or whine. It’s an opportunity for ArenaNet and the community to set things right.
ArenaNet is a business. Above all, their objective is to make money. I understand their desire to promote online transactions. It means greater profit. However, ArenaNet cannot forget why they’re endeared by players. Short term revenue gains should not outweigh longterm goals. Once players start to feel neglected by a game company, the exodus will begin. I suspect that the Bonus Mission Pack will be a catalyst for resentment.
That’s why I’m suggesting a petition. Post a comment on this page and let ArenaNet know how you feel. Note: Only post a comment on this page if you are in favor of the petition. Other types of comments will not be approved. Remember, this is not about hating ArenaNet. This is to encourage them to do the right thing. If public outcry is significant enough, I’m sure that ArenaNet will think of a way to keep players happy.
Here are some of my suggestions…
- Power of the Press – Offer a Bonus Mission Pack Unlock Code in a popular video game magazine
- Expand The Campaign – Sell Action Figures or other Guild Wars Merchandise in retail stores. Have the first wave of those items include a Bonus Mission Pack unlock code.
- Customer Loyalty – Have the Bonus Mission Pack be an automatic unlock for players who own all of the chapters of Guild Wars.
Now that ArenaNet has generated all the online sales possible through the Bonus Mission Pack marketing campaign, it is time to set things right. It is time to remember the initial ideals that made Guild Wars great – NO CREDIT CARD NEEDED and RESPECT FOR ALL PLAYERS.