Oh sweet summer, how I missed thee. And with the incessant humming of every AC unit in the neighborhood, I am reminded that we are one more season closer to a SWTOR launch. Well that, and that I’ll be paying through the nose on my next electricity bill… But as always, I digress.
Our very own MrWarlock penned a delightful piece highlighting the 10 updates he anticipated the most, and one of these got me thinking, specifically his thoughts on micro-transactions – what sorts of plans do you imagine BioWare might have cooked up for SWTOR in the MT (micro-transaction) department? Well, let’s take a look at what else has been done.
A Given? Mounts and Pets
I think this is probably one of the more common ideas floating around out there, given Blizzard’s track record on the matter. At $25, the mounts were just a bit more expensive than I cared to spend, but it would take two full hands to count the number of folks I personally know who went in for one, or both, of these. I admit, the Gryphon was pretty sweet. I ended up buying the Pandaren and Moonkin when part of the proceeds went to a very worthy cause, a purchase which, even though my WoW account has long since lapsed, I do not regret in the least.
We’ve only just recently begun seeing new speeder concepts in SWTOR. What sorts of designs would prompt you to part with your well-earned credits? Would a unique-looking speeder do the trick? Your very own dewback, perhaps? I think I might be weak enough to buy a Tauntaun for myself. That, or a baby Rancor monster…
Advanced Class Respecs?
Mum has been the word thus far regarding any sort of possibility for Advanced Class. At one point, Georg Zoeller had stated that the developers hadn’t “made up [their] mind yet about the availability of an Advanced Class respec,” saying that they were “evaluating all options (no Advanced Class respec, fixed cost respec, respec cost increasing with level, etc.).” While I personally do not envision a time when we might pay to switch our classes (even WoW hasn’t done that one yet), I do think that at some point after launch, we might see a paid Advanced Class respec service. As much as they do say that each Advanced Class is really more like a separate class, part of me still wonders how much your actual Advanced Class choice influences the overall Class Quest storyline. I’m guessing not very much, but we shall see.
Paid Species Changes?
We actually still don’t know if what BioWare will offer for a species selection for each class. We have a rough idea what to expect, but nothing has yet been set in stone. If you grew tired of your Twi’lek for example, would you spend the credits to swap it over to something else? What if each class had an additional playable species that were only playable via the micro-transaction route? Star Trek Online for example, allows the player to purchase additional races from their online store. Do you have a favorite Star Wars race that might convince you to do the same? What if the Rodians were only available via an online BioWare store? Would a Cathar change your mind? What price would you even be willing to pay?
Personally, I’ll be very surprised if BioWare breaks with the $14.99 monthly model (with discounts for longer subscriptions to offer further incentives). We’ve seen the (arguably) good and bad now of MMO cash shops, at least in terms of community reception. Would you be willing to embrace such a concept in SWTOR?
Have you used micro-transactions before? If so, where? Is there a limit that you’d set as to how much you were willing to spend on these frills?
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