February 29, 2012, 23:43:27 |
Quote (Grichmann @ 29 February 2012 23:26)
Okay, you can think I'm being overly optimistic, or even just naive here, but hear me out. Ankama has already demonstrated severe clumsiness and a brute-force approach in testing things. What we're seeing just may be a clumsy attempt at "testing the waters" for how we, the players, feel about such things in the item store.
If that is so, then they will be monitoring all feedback channels for your thoughts on the matter, and keep a close eye on which items they sell and what percentage of those will be non-cosmetic equipment for an undetermined period of time.
Therefore, I strongly advise you to not buy any of those five items, but instead spend your Ogrines on cosmetics only if you feel like buying something. Also, share your thoughts in this thread. It doesn't have to be a full essay on the matter, heck, for this, just a simple "+1" will do.
Alternatively they'll do nothing and this is part of the way they'll market the game to bring in more money. What's not to love about legally taking money from a teenager who wants a power boost in game to satisfy their ego?
Valve, Team Fortress 2 recently released an item in game for 100$; It's a wedding ring. With over 400 hats and 100 weapons in game that had a great market going, they release a 100$ wedding ring - it does absolutely nothing but announce that you and X are now together, in a first person shooter.
Ridiculous, right? Who buys that stuff? Apparently, a lot of people.
Milking off people who don't care or are stupid is surprisingly a large income bracket, the only thing we can really hope for is that Ankama takes a hit from their subscriptions and their statistics of how many players they thought should be on a time are under the line, in which they go 'wait why arent we making X amount of money', before they realize people left because of something they could easily remove, that most people did not want.
Your optimism I think is a good way to protect yourself but the concept of them seeing how it works is still kind of moot that even if they go 'well it seems no one wants these items, in fact they hate them! we'll remove them now.' is that people will still have bought it and expect to keep it, as they paid for it. Then instead of everyone running around with it, a few select people are.
But the majority is better than the minority I guess.