So as it pertains to the Founders Program, they arenít meant represent the value you receive immediately upon gaining access to the game. The value of the Founders Package is that it is a lifetime reward and recognition opportunity. All of the hard currency you get in the product will be yours to spend over the entire lifetime of the product, the Founders tag which will be available on the forums immediately after purchasing your Founders Package will mark you uniquely for the entire lifetime of the product. The same can be said for the Founderís íMechís, they will be unique on the battlefield marking you as an original founder of MWO as well as providing a boost to C-bill earning for the lifetime of the product.
Some additional info from the MWO forums for anyone that was as misinformed as me:
As for what the founders get, the mechs are the same, identical mechs that everyone else has access to except that they have a different paint job to set them apart and they earn +25% more c-bills per battle. All other mechs that a founder buys will not have this bonus.
As for the Premium Membership, this is available to everyone at all times and simply provides a 50% boost to XP and C-Bills. This element of the game model is to allow people with more money and less time the ability to try and stay even with the other people.
No "premium mechs". No "premium items". No "premium ammo".. (where "premium" is something that gives increased damage or increase stats etc) nothing that you can't get as a free player by simply playing the game.
Sounds like they really are trying to keep a level playing field between the F2P members and the pay members as much as possible (which I actually prefer unlike WOT), so for me personally I mainly need to decide whether that particular founder's mech having a +25% more c-bills per battle for the lifetime is worth it compared to being patient.
---------- Update: ok after reading up on it, as feared I was not able to resist, I am now part of the Founders program and it is downloading now, I just signed the NDA so from here on out my comments will be limited to charades and emoticons...
Edited by kludger (08/20/1208:56 PM) Edit Reason: I could not resist
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Originally Posted By: kludger
Update: ok after reading up on it, as feared I was not able to resist, I am now part of the Founders program and it is downloading now, I just signed the NDA so from here on out my comments will be limited to charades and emoticons...
Congratulations, you won't regret it, well maybe a bit since I see this: