CCP have announced price increases for their subscription and plex options.
The news item suggested it is the first subscription rate increase since 2004. I don’t remember there being a general across the board increase before, but I do recall there were some price increases for individual currencies.
CCP’s explanation – “This adjustment reflects global trends impacting general production costs and accounts for years of inflation.”
You can not buy Subscriptions or PLEX directly in Australian Dollars. I think I am forced to pay in US Dollars. That means how much I have paid for my EVE accounts has been impacted by the vagaries of the exchange rates, which causes swings of as much as 30%. I have had price increases and decreases every year…
So how much were the increases (where there is a rough corresponding product)? Assuming my Math is right…
1 month – from $14.95 to $19.95 (+33.4%)
3 months – from $38.85 to $47.98 (+23.5%)
6 months – from $71.70 to $86.95 (+21.3%)
12 months – from $131.40 to $149.90 (+14.1%)
Yikes on the 1-month increase.
PLEX prices (USD) are not as directly relatable.
Now 110 for $4.99, 4.5c each. Will be 100 for $4.99, 5c each (+10.0%)
Now 240 for $9.99, 4.1c each. Will be 250 for 12.49, 5c each (+20.0%)
Now 500 for $19.99, 4c each. Will be 500 for $24.99, 5c each (+25.0%)
Now 1,100 for $39.99, 3.6c each. Will be 1,000 for $44.99, 4.5c each (+23.75%)
Now 2,860 for $99.99, 3.5c each. Will be 3,000 for $124.99, 4.2c each (+19.2%)
I understand and accept the need for CCP to be profitable and acknowledge the lack of increases in all those previous years. A 20-30% increase however in one hit is substantial.
It comes at a point in time where I see my EVE subscription being the poorest value it has ever been for a solo / hermit playing the game.
I have spent time in game recently, moving all my assets and clones into the Jita system, readying for a long term or permanent hiatus. This price increase makes that transition easier.
If you see a future in playing EVE however, it might be worth grabbing some extra Subscription time or PLEX now.
(Note I plan on dropping my evehermit domain and paid for Word Press add-ons. When those lapse, I presume the site formatting will mess up a bit and Ads will be inserted into pages and email updates. I am not planning to delete the blog.)