@Nuebot said in Was Hyped for the NA release..but now:
Whoever's been telling you those things has been misrepresenting the game horrible, and I say this as someone who's been very critical of the NA monetization.
You don't need the xbox gamepass as far as we know, the gamepass rewards offer nothing of particular value (a few minor boosters which offer no advantage given how many of those same boosters you earn for regular gameplay) nor do you need premium as it doesn't give you any real objective advantages, but instead some small conveniences; the biggest of which (shop passes, mostly) can be obtained through other means.
Where the game's issues stand is the way they've been handling the cosmetics with shady "sales" and artificially limiting a resource that was plentiful in JP.
I wouldn't say premium doesn't give you any real objective advantages. 50% faster xp gain is well...50% more xp, so less grinding. Shop access for selling items at any time beats needing to spam AQs for boosters to trade to excubes to trade to fun tickets for the chance to get a 3 day shop pass. If you are FTP, I feel sorry for anyone that has to waste time doing this as it will be a lot of time wasted better spent doing other things.
You will also waste/lose time managing your inventory(stopping mid quest to bank stuff constantly because you can only carry 50 items without buying extra inv space), and having to to juggle items you want to eventually sell between multiple characters' bank space but can't sell cause you don't have a shop pass at the moment. I feel sorry for people that have to do this as well.
If you do game with friends, not having premium means no trading. So if you are trying to farm something and a friend gets it as a drop, tough luck, they couldn't give it to you even if they wanted to, they could sell it cheap on the AH, but then you risk someone else grabbing it before you do.
Character inventory slots is an arguably crucial purchase, probably the most important one any player will/would make. Premium, while not a necessity, is probably the second most useful way to spend money on the game. Someone who has the ability to pick up 130 items without stopping, then immediately be able to post said items on the AH, is going to earn meseta far faster than someone who can only pick up 20 or so items and can only vendor them for pennies or sit on them until they get a shop pass. The former player will progress(buy better gear quicker, enhance gear quicker, get better augments) much faster thus earning more meseta/xp at an even faster rate. This also gives them more buying power on the AH to secure cosmetics they want as those release as well. The latter player will struggle much more and their progress will be slowed considerably and any large purchases on gear, augments, enhancing, or cosmetics will always come at the cost of the others.