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On Guild Wars 2 Microtransactions

The ArenaNet Blog has a post by Mike O’Brien discussing microtransactions in Guild Wars 2, their upcoming MMORPG. He explains: "We have a new player-driven market that allows players to trade gold for gems and gems for gold. If you want something, whether it’s an in-game item or a microtransaction, you ultimately have two ways to get it: you can play to earn gold or you can use money to buy gems. We think that’s important, because it lets more players participate on a level playing field, whether they use their free time or their disposable income to do it." In spite of how the original Guild Wars also used microtransactions, this is not going down well, as demonstrated by the 100+ pages of comments on the Guild Wars 2 Guru Forums on the topic. Thanks Titus_Nefarius.

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33. Re: On Guild Wars 2 Microtransactions Mar 21, 2012, 13:58 Alamar
 
Fion wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 13:48:
I think a lot of people are considering the system 'pay 2 win' because if you have money you can buy gems, sell them for gold and buy gear with that gold. But those people aren't thinking clearly about the subject because if they did, they would realize that just isn't the case.

The reason it isn't is because GW2's gear 'progression' is lateral. Anet has stated multiple times that by the time you hit 80 you'll have top end gear or very near it. Whether you get it via dungeons (where you get a token and then turn that token in for a piece of gear), from crafting, from PvP (using Glory), or from World vs World. Top end stats are easy to get to, the progression from there is in getting your hands on some of the rare skins for gear, just like GW2.

Because of this, even if you DID spend $ on gems and sold them, then bought top end gear, you would not have an advantage, simple because every level 80 will have top end gear. It's that simple, so pay 2 win is simply impossible with this system.

I personally like that it's all up to the players how the gem system plays out. What the market prices will be in game for one. The ability to spend gold on them at the trading post, and thus the ability to purchase micro-transactions without spending $. This makes any purchases a 'reward' to Anet, a direct way to help them build future content and expansions, etc. And that is pure win.

I agree with all this... Except, they can sell buffs... We won't know everything on the store until it's there : )

Do I think a company that isn't adding a gear cycle (at launch) will add buffs to the store, or P2W features at all? No, but if they get bought by Activision, this could totally happen, because Blizzard was a shining beam of holy goodness before they were bought : )

-Alamar

This comment was edited on Mar 21, 2012, 14:08.
 
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