I recently discovered PlanetSide 2, have been playing since June. I see a huge difference between then and now both for paying and non paying players. In June when I started gaining certs didn't seem to be a chore, the progression felt paced along with the play. Since then things have changed. Gaining certs feels out of pace with actual play so I bought a 3 month membership for the increase. Sadly the increase doesn't feel at pace with my non membership from back in June. Something with their formula drastically changed and from my view for the worse. It not only impacts cert gain which means access to "skill trees" (which is part of the fun/play) but I have personal first hand experience that it is effecting others willingness to log on. The friend I play with listed all the same issues, so I bought him station cash for membership and he's not feeling the game love either. I don't know what Planetside management is thinking or if they are pressured to be a cash machine for SOE I don't even want to go into that line of thinking but I will say this, they need to understand from a fresh players perspective that the formula for gain, any gain isn't in pace with the actual play, that the reductions/decrease creates a negative perception. Not having played as long as others and not feeling the love this early into the game should be setting off alarm bells. I have no issue with a monthly fee when I see the devs creating new content, continents and areas to play. That there is worth a subscription. Paying and still not getting the cert (skill tree) gains is an issue. Think about longevity, eventually people will be capped on their skill trees, what then - "content" will drive income, so why make it difficult now.