A: I think there are some really neat ideas like notable named hero mechs (Russ)
Woah woah woah. Premium Mechs, in my Mechwarrior Online?
I'd just like to take a minute to gently prod into the soft jelly-belly of Piranha Games' developers, because I, as a person who has not paid a single dime towards this endeavour, feel overwhelmingly entitled to voice my opinion as if I were a majority shareholder (is Piranha even public?) I've also included a poll, to give readers the notion that their voice also matters (it doesn't).
Since it was already brought up, yeah, let's look at the WoT example. In this game of tanks and artillery that are mostly unlocked via grinding experience and money, there exist a plethora of unique, real-money-only tanks of various sizes and uses. They are generally /okay/ with a few minor exceptions; they aren't particularly overpowered (IMHO), offer me as a non-premium tank user juicy shiny kills, and in my opinion are a net positive addition to World of Tanks. Let me stress though that I ******* hate WoT and hope it gets cancer, but for many reasons that don't really have anything to do with gold tanks.
I think MWO could stand to use this popular gimmick, if appropriately implemented. It makes more sense -- WoT was always confusing for anyone with even a basic level of understanding of WW2 (Soviets & Germans fighting Americans & Chinese what???), however in the world of mighty space robot knights (Battletech) having forces composed of a myriad of different personalized roboticons was the norm. Throughout most of the game's history, most of these Mechs were pretty ****, built and maintained with ****** technology of a stagnant galactic civilization going through the space middle ages. However occasionally some people -- whether an individual or a military unit or a mercenary unit -- would get lucky and find an awesome Star League-era Mech, or piece of technology or equipment. Sometimes these people would actually be advanced bushido warriors from beyond the Outer Rim come to ravage the simpleton peasants of the IS with their superior tech. Whatever the case, nothing is really out of the ordinary.
Neither would a "Premium Mech". These would fit right in, in fact, so long as they are appropriately balanced. Sell 'em for $15-$30 a pop, make them only slightly better than their conventional counterparts, give them really niche roles and base them on some obscure cult favorites from the days of yore and presto, you've got a money-maker. People will by them to get that little bit of edge, or to stomp around in their favorite nerdsuit, or for no other reason than to flex their financial superiority and look pimp.
Just whatever you do -- and I really don't think you would, but it needs to be repeated -- don't make them overpowered as ****. Premium content is a very thin fence you'll have to balance on and can ruin games if not handled correctly. But assuming it is done right, there's absolutely no reason it shouldn't be a part of MWO.
TL;DR I want space robot Type 59 GOGO