Wednesday, November 23, 2011

MMO Black Friday

Here's a few MMO-related Black Friday sales that are or will be available from the comfort of your own home computer. 
  • Rift Client free with game time purchase:
    Via MMO-Crunch, there is currently no charge for the Rift client with the purchase of game time.  I assume that any of the normal sub-plans are available - $15 for one month or multi-month deals that may or may not be in your best interest.  Note that, while the most recent Digital Collector's edition is included on the sale page, the $10 upgrade package is available for $10 at any time, so there's no need to snag it now.
     
  • LOTRO Isengard Expansion 50% off for Black Friday
    After a highly aggressive pre-order campaign, which misled several people (myself included) into believing that the $30 price was pre-order only, that price will now be slashed by 50% less than two months after the expansion launch, albeit for a single day.  My patience in refusing the hard sell is rewarded with a major discount, and I will certainly remember this the next time Turbine tries something similar.   

    There's an additional wrinkle in that the sale does not specify which of the three packages is included.  At the full prices, I would not pay for the fancier editions - normal Turbine Point sales let you get the equivalent of 1000 TP for the added $10, and I don't care about the cosmetics.  At 50% off, the choice between the $15 base edition and the $20 edition that adds 1000 TP for $5 becomes much more interesting, as I don't think I've ever seen a rate that favorable.   

    (If the Legendary version is included, this deal would be spectacular for new players - $25 would be all you would need to spend from level 1 to the cap, including the not-yet-released new endgame content.  I own most of the quest packs included in this bundle, and I'd still be strongly tempted just because this blows any other deal they've ever offered for the two zones I'm missing out of the water.) 
  • WoW Speculation
    As of now, the only WoW deal I know of is a black Friday price at Gamestop, offering the base game (which now include TBC) for $10, with Wrath and Cataclysm at $20 each, in exchange for potentially risking your life in the retail stampede.  I only mention this because Blizzard offered a similar price on their web store last year, and has Starcraft II on sale for half off through Monday.  I'd watch this one if you have a WoW account that you have not yet upgraded, but I could turn out to be incorrect. 
I'm primarily interested in game clients/expansions/etc, but feel free to post anything else interesting in the comments and I will try to update this post with your info.  For example, EQ2 has an unspecified sale, which could be interesting if EQ2X race/class or gear unlocks that will be usable in the base game next month are included.

Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Commerce, everyone!

    1 comment:

    datashade said...

    Confirmed: $25 Legendary

    Product SKU: LOTRO-ROI-LEGENDARY-en_US/UK
    Product Name: The Lord of the Rings Online™: Rise of Isengard™ Legendary Edition - Digital Download
    Qty Ordered: 1
    Amount: $24.99

    Subtotal: $24.99
    Shipping: $0.00

    Tax: $2.19
    Total: $27.18
    Discount: $25.00