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In the Friday livestream on TwitchTV, Trion gave us our first in-depth look at the free2play cash shop and some of the changes coming our way.
With the advent of patch 2.3 and free2play, there will be lots of new dimension stuff added to the game. New dimensions, new dimension items, dimension achievements, multiple dimension slots for each toon and the frequently requested increase in item slots for existing dimensions.
Some of these new items and services will be available for both money and platinum, some through credits only and some via the loyalty programme also being introduced with free2play. It was said that some dimensions will only be available through the loyalty programme.
Toward the end of the livestream (about 50.30 minutes in) is a patch of dimension news. Elgar takes a look at some of the dimension items available by buying a dimension items chest. Usually, in a free2play system, chests are a form of lucky dip or gambling. In this case, the chests are filled with random dimension items of varying rarity. With luck, the items add up to more value than the chest price; if the buyer is unlucky, they don’t.
Elgar’s chest seemed to be filled with plants, perhaps because it was a garden chest. Elgar also took us through one of the new dimensions, Hailol. All I can say is that it’s very, very pink.
Perhaps the most interesting addition is dimension achievements. Dimensioneers will now be able to ding achievements like ‘Landlord’ for buying their first dimension and ‘Dimension Dabbler’ for placing their first item in a dimension. On the day patch 2.3 goes live, I’ll be hearing your dings of achievement as you log in all the way here in Australia.
The livestream also gave us a sneak peak at how expensive the F2P cash shop may be. Current services, like the guild rename and the 30 day patron pass, were given a credit cost on the livestream allowing us to asses the exchange rate between real dollars and cash shop credit. Guild renames priced at $20 were 3200 credits on the cash shop and the 30 day pass costing $15 was 2400 credits giving an exchange rate of 160 credits per dollar. All prices are in U.S. dollars.
Two of the many new dimension items coming our way are the Mossy Inn and the Contraband Guardian Sourstone Display. Both of these are available for both a platinum and credit amount in store. The Mossy Tavern was priced at 510 plat or 360 credit ($2.25) while the Contraband Guardian Sourstone Display was priced at 2880 platinum or 1020 credits ($6.38). The credit to platinum ratio for these two items differ; it seems some items may be more attractive to purchase with platinum while others may be better off purchased in cash. I averaged the two prices to give an approximate value for platinum to dollar. One dollar approximately equates to 354 platinum.
The Mossy Inn goes along with the mossy buildings currently on the PTS. What a Contraband Guardian Sourstone Display does is anybody’s guess but at $6.38, I want it to make my coffee while shining my shoes.
Obviously Trion have yet to solidify prices, rewards and benefits. We won’t really know the price of things till we see them on the PTS. There should still be plenty of new dimension items available in game for platinum or via event currency. After all, with the popular dimensions running at a 1000 items to decorate, I doubt we’ll be buying many of the 1ooo items from the cash shop.