I think one of the main red flags for me is being able to exchange Royal Crystals for Gold in the in-game currency exchange. I hope there’s something that can be done on that regard since starting from a certain Gear Level, you need Gold for upgrading your gear, and if someone can just buy tons of Royal Crystals and exchange it for Gold, it’s concerning. Other than that, looks promising!
Personally I would have loved to see some concrete examples in terms of available items and pricing of items in contrast to pricing of Royal Crystals.
I realize it is quite early for that still, but even some rough estimates would be great.
Also as others mentioned, the Pet System change is not necessarily in favour of players the way it was explained, as it takes substantially more effort to be able to afford Crystalline Aura instead of just the Pet features only.
I hope that the store will not become an important masterpiece by the content offered except for cosmetics. I think limiting the items available or instituting a quota system would be welcome. After that, I don’t have a lot of experience in this type of game but I can advance a bit … ^^
CRYSTALLINE AURA can only be bought with ROYAL CRYSTAL ($).
F2P players CAN’T BUY PET BUFFS WITH GOLD ANYMORE and have to pay REAL CASH FOR CRYSTALLINE AURA. But people who were already going to buy the Crystalline Aura now get an additional perk of a pet buff and don’t have to spend blue crystal every month anymore.
Result: people who pay real money get more shit for free while F2P players will forever be behind 10% Specialty/Critical & 5% HP stat unless they pay $15 a month.
Does that sound more F2P friendly to you guys, or less F2P friendly to you guys? So Amazon is making the business model more profitable for themselves by gating pet buffs behind a strict DOLLAR/REAL CASH paywall. Are we supposed to be happy about this…?
Assuming the next beta really sells me on the game, I’ll gladly buy a founders pack and would feel comfortable paying $10/mo for premium. I feel like getting too much over that means that they will put themselves in a position to be directly compared to WoW and FFXIV for pricing structure.
The post felt… fairly mushy. Not a bad step just not a step forward. I do like that it is causing discussion though! I hope (and am having more optimism) about Amazon’s handling of the Lost Ark economy. I just hope the straight to 50 aren’t in the shop till quite awhile after release (if ever).
Also wishing there was a bit more differentiation between Crystals and Royal Crystals, perhaps just adding the word Blue to the former? (Also makes it easier when discussing currencies to say BC or RC).
Still hyped and appreciating the post!
Edit: And I just saw the post on the forum! That helps make much more sense of it. Sounds like it is quite similar to KR (I think?), which I feel is a good thing!
If they have a “sub” for $15 a month they might as well rework monetization to pay to play in my humble opinion. Maybe I’m just cheap, but I feel upwards of $10 seems quite steep for something like this especially considering other MMOs where that kind of monthly cost would cut away most “pay2win” aspects.
If there’s still more to Crystalline Aura down the road that’s another story.