Prosperity Park, on 27 May 2012 - 09:34 PM, said:
You might have noticed the term "F2P," or Free to Play. That means, once it's officialy released, you can download and play the "full version" of MechWarrior: Online without paying a dime. How will they make money? Well, not only does BattleTech have a fanbase so maniacly loyal and exuberant that they'll jam fistfuls of cash down the Developer's throats just for a glimpse at a screenshot, but you can pay money to customize your gaming experience. There will be an in-game Mech customization facility called the MechLab where you build your Mech and you can use real cash to buy stuff there, and there will be several other ways to relieve that burning sensation in your pants.
HEY! No! No. I know what you're thinking... but you can't buy an ÜberMech with real cash. All equipment and Mechs available to the cash-paying players is also available to the free-playing crowd. With the F2P model being used by the Game Publishers and Developers you can't buy WIN! because all of the BattleMech chassis, weapons platforms, ECM equipment, or "Attack/Defend bonuses" you can buy with real cash will also be available to all your opponents... all of them. You can pay for some boosts make the in-game fictional money and XP come in faster, but you can't buy Platinum Gauss Rifles, Titanium Armor, 55-ton Mechs that can hold 65 tons, or Gold Bullets... or WIN.
-Prosperity "Tinfoil Hat" Park
It's probably worth mentioning that from my understanding the stuff in the 'Mechlab was purchasable with C-Bills (In game currency) rather than just real money alone, I know what you meant, but it might be worth clarifying that that is how the devs intend to get around the whole pay to win by buying 2 gauss rifles for your atlas.
Those two rifles (and the atlas) are just as available to anyone willing to work towards paying for them with time spent playing.
All of this is of course to the best of my understanding, please feel free to correct me, as like 99% of the people here I have not tried the game and am only basing my comments upon my interpretation of the devs comments.