FF14’s expansion Heavensward is $40. Warlords was $60, though it included a “free” level 90, which is $60 after the fact (though really, that’s what, 20 hours of gameplay at most nowdays?). Most expansions runs between $30 and $60, depending on what’s in it. Even more so when you think about if the game is F2P or subscription based. Some don’t even charge for expansions – Neverwinter & EvE come to mind.
GW2 is 2 years old and aside from that first box price, I’d wager the majority haven’t dropped more than $20 in all that time. $50 is absolutely reasonable for an expansion, if you know what’s in it. And I guess that’s the rub. Asking for money on faith is always a hard bargain to make. Certainly with mixed messages and a rather poor PR department. NCSoft barely has any PR, though I guess it’s better than having Smed going off on some tangent.12:00
I really think this is just a storm in a teacup. By the time the expansion rolls around, everyone will go back on their “don’t buy it” mantra and scoop it up on release.
Let’s face it, MMO gamers are always looking for the next shiny thing and no matter how much they complain, it’s still going to sell to the active playerbase.
It is popcorn-worthy to see the frothing mind you.