Avengers Alliance Elite Agents for monthly fee debatable

By Alan Ng - Nov 1, 2013

We have an important heads-up for all Avengers Alliance players now, especially those who enjoy playing the game without being pushed to make a payment with real cash. If you are a regular player, you’ll know that the game balance has shifted somewhat in recent months to accommodate those willing to pay a bit extra to move up the ongoing PVP season leader boards.

However, some new rumors have materialized, suggesting that the game is going to be changing in a big way. You may be playing the game for free at the moment, but how would you feel know that Playdom is going to be offering a monthly subscription to play the game?

A MAA fansite on Facebook has revealed that Playdom will plan to introduce the S.H.I.E.L.D. Elite agent system into the game at a later date. This system is going to cost $20 USD a month and will offer Elite agents some bonuses in return for their payment each month.

According to the rumors these rewards are going to include 30 gold each month, 20 CP (command points) each month, a “SHIELD Elite Emblem” in your profile and photo and wait for it – exclusive weapons for Elite agents each month as well.

If you have Elite agent status, your game will be completely Ad free as well, no more pop-ups – nothing. However, as refreshing as this may sound, is the $20 fee per month worth it? Using the game’s gold conversion system, $20 per month can actually get you 85 gold, so basically that missing 50 gold is going to be used on the remaining items.

$20 can get you 85 gold in a 1:1 conversion instead.

$20 can get you 85 gold in a 1:1 conversion instead.

Considering that premium items are 64 gold a piece, this may actually not seem like a bad deal in the long run. Having said that, we have seen time and time again that premium items are released in a broken state, with Playdom making no effort whatsoever to fix them – the Cosmic Set and a Stun counter bug remain two of the biggest victims unfortunately. Dare we ask if these kind of tactics would happen on a console game? – We doubt it very much.

Playdom also are guilty of terrible customer service and the sheer amount of existing bugs in the game have forced many players to quit out of total frustration.

What is your reaction on plans to introduce a $20 monthly fee for the game? Will you be interested in paying up for the rewards, or will you carry on playing as normal and hope that these free Elite Agent weapons do not affect the balance of PVP for upcoming seasons?

Update: Just to clarify things after reading some comments, if this Elite agent system is happening for $20 a month, it is more than likely going to start off as optional. This means that free players can still play for free. Let’s wait until we get a confirmation from Playdom in the meantime – hope you are all enjoying the Thor 2 Specs Ops!

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