Was looking forward to this release, until I found that this is going to be another "pay-to-play" deal. I guess I'll just save up a bit more and get that new video card I was looking at. Of itself, that wouldn't be so bad . . . if I could still play IP to IP or LAN without having to pay for an online subscription. The fact is --- should you guys decide to shut down the servers for whatever reason or your servers crash . . . I would no longer be able to use the game for anything but offline racing. My biggest use of the game (I purchased 2 licenses for rFactor 1) is as a LAN game with my daughter. Lots cheaper than seeing her out banging my car around on the street . . . and a bit safer too. You really are doing a disservice to us who don't take full advantage of your online services. So, I have a question: Just how many people do you think will actually purchase this game for the riveting "offline racing"? The only "offline racing" I have read about on any forum for rFactor is to practice for an upcoming team event. We all know that the reason we purchase the game is to race our buds . . . and I do from time to time but not enough to justify paying an annual fee. I might as well keep sending money to someone like EA or Codies if I wanted to do that. As far as stopping the password protected server thing, you guys know it is either a desire to say "we're better than everyone else", or they are running a team event. Really, if you have folks who are a problem, use PEER BLOCK like all the other online servers do. Team events still won't be opened up just because the game is pay-to-play, and the aforementioned snobs will still want to run password protected servers . . . for the same reason --- because they can make themselves feel more important by exclusion of other racers. What you should do is NOT SHOW password protected servers AT ALL, or just show the name of the server as "PASSWORD PROTECTED" if you must show anything. Many of those servers are just up to get the team's web address out --- so taking the name off of Password Protected Servers out of matchmaker would stop the practice. An even better solution would be IP-to-IP instead of password protection. Tourneys as well should also be IP-to-IP or NOT LISTED. Not fooled. If you just wanted to raise the price of the game, just have the guts to say we need to charge more. Don't try to make it sound like we're getting anything extra. The game is pretty much useless without the LAN, IP to IP and online options. What say you just tell the truth?