Buy Gems With Gold Or Money In Guild Wars 2March 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 48 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
Arenanet has finally released some details on microtransactions in Guild Wars 2 and frankly, I’m happy with some of the decisions they’re making. They didn’t get into specific items, but they did cover the model they’ll be using.
Essentially it’s simple. You buy gems and use them to purchase microtransactions. It’s a model similar to many other games, Eve Online being the one to draw comparisons in the blog post itself.
Here is the part I like, and that others will cry a river of tears over I’m sure.
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.
To me this is very familiar. Runes of Magic, which I blogged about for several months when I started this blog, had a very similar cash shop. And while they changed it over the course of my 10 month stint of playing RoM, it was a good model to follow in the beginning.
As the blog post says it does minimize the RMT spammers and hacks, though it doesn’t entirely remove them as I saw in RoM, and at the same time funds Guild Wars 2.
Being able to buy gems on the auction house was an incredible gold sink for RoM as well, not to mention it subsidized my actual purchase of diamonds (gems) in that game to the extent that I probably spent hundreds of dollars worth of gems but paid in actual money far far less.
And that was in a game where you can buy advantages. In Guild Wars 2, you can’t.
But it’s never OK for players to buy a game and not be able to enjoy what they paid for without additional purchases, and it’s never OK for players who spend money to have an unfair advantage over players who don’t.
I don’t expect Guild Wars 2 to have microtransactions that are much different than the original Guild Wars. Cosmetic stuff, costumes, character slots, storage slots. Nothing we would be surprised about.
There is room for things they haven’t sold before of course. I’ve speculated about minis, the digital items from pre-purchasing the game, and a variety of things we can only dream about.
I am left wanting to know what items will be sold other than Transmutation Stones and how much gems will cost, but I suppose Arenanet likely doesn’t know for sure either.
To me this is all good news and I’m not at all disappointed. Feel free to start calling me names in the comments.
On a side note however, I’ll post an image.
If the first tab is buying, and the second tab is selling what is the third icon denoting? The fourth tab seems to be a mystery as well, but the third icon seems to be an exchange. Like a gem to gold exchange? Check out the gem in the bottom left corner as well. Anyway people have been speculating about this for a long time but I didn’t want to join in due to the uproar likely surrounding this.
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