In a recent forum post, Oliver ‘Tarib’ Kunz detailed some of the changes that would be coming in the way the DLC for The Secret World .
The current price of the Issue #5 DLC (The Vanishing of Tyler Freeborn) has been adjusted to 750 points for non-members, 675 for members (after 10% member discount), and will remain at 600 (after 20% Grandmaster discount) for Grandmasters. This pricing change was meant to further reward Members and Grandmasters because the 10% Member and 20% Grandmaster discounts for shop purchases are now also applied to DLC.
Note that it is now possible for Members and Grandmasters to select to automatically upgrade to the DLC once it is available! This option is called “Set up DLC Autobuy“ and is available from your account page (http://register.thesecretworld.com). Note that this setting is set to “off” by default, so you must actively change it if you want this functionality.
First off, the “Set DLC to Autobuy” is a great feature. Simple? Sure, but I still like it.
Secondly, this is a good look at the the idea of a freemium game, and how the money trail works. It’s an interesting business model, and one I think could do very well for The Secret World. it only makes sense that these discounts you pay for would be applied to the DLC that you…well, pay for in the game. I think its a very good decision on the part of Funcom and The Secret World.