To clarify to the person that didn't understand the math of my numbers. Assuming we do not get premium set with gamepass anymore.
i just added up what i'd pay for this game in a year (if i buy premium+gamepass sub) which is 308$. This doesn't include battle passes, inventory expansion or whatever. this is just premium + game pass. I have never played one game released on the monthly free games. I haven't touched my xbox in years, so i am paying 14$ a month just for PSO2. Luckily, i got a premium month in the game pass perks. If that goes away, then i am still paying 144$ a year just to play a "FREE" game. If the perks don't include decent rewards, i'll downgrade to just xbox live and just use that.
In the simplest of terms, the game isn't free. you cannot play it on xbox without a paid monthly membership. Imagine if you paid your 15$ a month to wow, and couldn't use the auction house, trade, only had your starter bag, and could only create 3 characters on one server, could only pick 10 herbs, mine 10 nodes, and craft one item. You'd be outraged. Basically, play the wow starter edition and see how long you can go. So you fork over 60$ + 15$ a month and you get all the content and the updates for the cycle of the xpac with no limitations.
This game is 308$ a year, every year (if i pay gamepass ultimate + premium), so if i play this for 4 years...i've spent 1200$ on a video game.
Listen, i am not upset, I am just not throwing down 500$ a year on a video game to get the most out of it (premium, xbox, battle pass, inventory etc..).
If they want my money, they can change their business model. If it becomes a pain, i'll cancel my xbox live and move on to another video game. I am too old to deal with this crap. Every game now, nickels and dimes you till your wallet is empty. I enjoy it for now, don't care if you agree or not. I am not spending the equivalent of 9 games a year on one game to be able to live with convenience while getting entertainment.
in my opinion, xbox live should come with premium set. ultimate comes with premium + 200 sg a month or something and let people buy the battle pass if they want. The premium, is just enough frustration to annoy me if it wasn't there and ultimately may be the reason i quit. It's not worth it's price tag, but it's enough of an annoyance to not wanna play without it. i am not paying money just to trade, gtfo of here sega.