Coincidence or shrewd planning, I don’t know, but I received two emails yesterday offering me discounted lifetime subscriptions to MMORPGs. The first was from Codemasters (the European distributor for Turbine), offering me a limited offer 50% discount on Lord of the Rings Online (apparently I had been “randomly selected” but I’d bet they sent the email to everyone) and the second was from Cryptic Studios offering me either a discounted lifetime subscription or a discounted six month subscription for their forthcoming MMO, Champions Online.
The LotRO lifestime subscription is being offered to me for only £75 ($127) and I’m pretty tempted to take it. I own both the original game and the Mines of Moria expansion but have barely played them although I keep considering it. I’ve heard it’s a great game and has all of the depth and group orientated play that I enjoy but I’ve only dabbled with it in the past and never fully gotten into it. It’s certainly on my list though which makes the lifetime subscription very appealing because it means I can play it any time for as long as I want without worrying about ongoing costs. £75/$127 is also a very reasonable price but I need to make my mind up fast as the offer expires on the 10th August.
Cryptic Studios don’t say what percentage their discount is but their offering me a lifetime subscription to Champions Online for £119.99/$199.99 and a six month subscription for £35.99/$59.99. They’re also offering adding incentives with each deal, including vanity pets, extra character slots and costume sets (depending on which deal you pick) plus guaranteed access to the Star Trek: Online closed beta regardless. Pretty sweet. It’s also very interesting how they are leveraging the Star Trek: Online beta as an incentive for Champions Online.
I’ve pretty much disregarded the lifetime subscription for Champions Online. It’s a lot of money to pay for a game I’ve never even played and don’t know a great deal about. However, I’m seriously considering the six month subscription as it’s actually a very reasonable price plus getting into the Star Trek beta would be quite cool.
So what do you guys think? Should I go for the discounted LotRO lifetime and Champions Online six month subscriptions? Do you think they are good deals? It adds up to a fair amount of cash but maybe it’s worth it in the long run.