Originally Posted by PriestOfSin
I was planning to make a pledge, but as soon as I learned the Goons were interested, my interest vanished.
What are the Goons?
Also just to clear up this "pay2win" confusing, this pledging campaign most certainly is NOT pay2win. Apart from the repeated fact that eveything pledged can be obtained in-game, all it really is, is a head start. Great for people like myself that won't have near as much time as some to earn all that stuff.
The LTI (lifetime insurance) is nothing extraordinary. It is the exact same basic hull insurance that you can purchase in-game, the benefit being you never have to pay fees or re-new it. A bonus for those willing to risk real world dollars to make this game happen. Remember pledging is not pre-ordering, the whole campaign could disappear tomorrow along with our money and there isn't a lot of legal options for us to get it back.
The ships themselves, are just a few of the available ships spread over different classes. They might not even rate that great to other ships in-game come launch time. It's more of just early access/unlock and a head start.
There is also no XP/skill point system. No RPG characters elements. Meaning doesn't necessarily matter what you fly right off the bat, it all comes down to skill. The advantage backers have, is we get access to the dogfighting alpha in several months time, to practise and get a feel. No different to participating in a beta program.
So aside from those couple of things, if you still think that it's pay2win because pledgers start out with a good ship from the get-go, then I guess every single DLC bonus in any deluxe edition of any game is pay2win too. So you bought Crysis 3 Deluxe? And got the Predator bow day 1 access? You just paid to win... (You didn't, I'm making a point).
To end on a positive, this is my most anticipated game, pretty much ever. Been following it since near day 1, and almost daily since. I highly recommend, if you have spare coin, to become a Subscriber and get access to the exclusive behind-the-scenes content. Really awesome, especially the JumpPoint mags.