(Here we go anyway, despite saying I was gonna leave it short.)
I've also seen the subscription + expansions model being used in discussions. And those who have seen me discuss here before probably remember that I'm mostly raising issues regarding the ridiculous non-value that the premium set brings to the table.
So keeping that in mind, that my points come from a standpoint of already paying a monthly price of 1300AC which is higher than FFXIV's monthly price, then you can retract the subscription price from the equation and focus on the expansion price and spendings around the game alone.
When you look at it from that perspective then I'm asked to spend 40-60 euros every 2(?) years for an expansion on another MMO. And if I see a really cool cosmetic I want, I can often buy it for 3 to 25 euros, though luckily XIV doesn't release such cosmetics as frequently on their shop. Whereas I could spend that 40-60 euros in PSO2 every AC Scratch and still not even receive the bonus scratch cosmetic.
The bonus scratches feel ridiculous, pumped full of Salon passes and N-Colour-Passes which I feel should be things free-to-play users should be limited by. But here we are as paying members having to wait to be handed out passes to customize ourselves beyond the few times a month, if you save up your passes and do bonus AC Scratches.
In other games getting cool cosmetics often means you dealt with something that was a pain in the ass, be it a raid. Farming something or a while, or partaking in a hard event/trial. Those people worked for it in a game they probably enjoyed and one could praise them for their efforts.
When you see a really cool cosmetic in PSO2 that not many people seem to be using however, you wouldn't be sure whether to mock, laugh or cry as you wonder if the person's being serious or not when they reply with "I spent 90 euros on it," and then proceed to show a few more of their "collection."
But it does feel like all the discussing and arguing is moot. They're making enough money, the complaints are argued down in a dismissive manner- on their very own forums might I add. I've ran out of energy and willpower to try and make points.
If someone argued back and showed me why this company's monetization that's essentially stayed the same and become even more predatory in NGS, makes sense and is perfectly fine in 2021, then maybe I would have learned something or had a different perspective.
But most of what I've gotten back so far is snarky responses saying "then don't play it", "then don't buy it", or focusing on one thing they could "ah-ha!" and disregarding everything else.
Back when PSO2-Classic launched and Koffie still asked you todo Forest Exploration within 10 minutes on S-Rank before you got access to the Volcano area, we also didn't have much to do in the game. But that was nearly a decade ago, should that kind of launch still be excusable by a company that just boasted having earned nearly a billion dollars from PSO2?
I don't think it is. There are plenty of examples around that launched as free to play MMOs, even as ActionRPG MMOs and had more content at launch than New Genesis did, and they were by companies that weren't even known globally for their various franchises.
One way or another, this is my final post on here aside from a possible compilation later, but I doubt I'll muster enough care and willpower for it. I wish you all well and believe me when I say that I too hope the game takes a better direction, possibly under a better director.
I'd like to think the (hopefully mild) frustration I've tried to keep as little as possible from showing in my posts is born from my care for the game. Of my desire in wanting to spend time and money in it. I grew up with PSO1 and have spent most of my 20s on PSO2.
But New Genesis is where I draw the line, I don't like both my money and my time wasted anymore after my 20s. At this point its up to SEGA to win back the trust in long-time paying members that unsubscribed and left, because I doubt I'm the only one.