The Daily Grind: If an MMO has a cash shop, when should it launch?

Massively OP reader Leiloni pointed out to us something unusual about Black Desert: Its much-talked-about cash shop wasn’t originally going to open until March 10th, a full week after the official launch, never mind the headstart.

This means that whatever advantages an early player with a credit card might have hoped to glean were nullified, and it also probably means Daum wouldn’t have made as much money as it could’ve (although as we reported over the weekend, Daum relented and will now launch the cash shop on the 3rd; headstart players still can’t access it).

While some players didn’t really care and looked at this move as akin to Blizzard or ArenaNet holding raids back until players have progressed through regular content, others — particularly those who preordered — are ticked that they thought they were getting an early advantage here and aren’t.

What do you think? If an MMO has a cash shop, when should it launch?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Quincha deekay_zero Wratts You’re concerned about a gender based micro-aggression, and respond with that garbage?  Because clearly, that’s a reasonable representation of the experience of white males and in no way bigoted
FFS these idiotic things

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

BryanCo Ironweakness  Why wait?
/gank

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

MesaSage  Promoted.

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

*answers phone*
“what’s that? … Yes, Sir. Anything you say Sir.”
*puts down phone*
“We just got a call from corporate. They said launch now.”

dragonherderx
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dragonherderx

Vexies It is not costume costs are up there but only really influence combat exp and not much else… The weight and stuff helps with productions tasks and isn’t necessary as there are in game means to unlock inventory and wight (you don’t need to use the cash shop at all) realistically nothing in the cash shop is needed at all and a lot of people write it off simply cuz of the costs on stuff.. Their cash shop in CBT2 was very well done, none p2w (other than the idiots screaming about 10 – 25% exp boost which doesn’t really effect stuff as much as they think it does) 

The game is very solid, very few problems or glaring bugs, there are some translation problems and a few visual bugs (valkyrie pre order weapon skin stays on when your weapon is hidden for instances) and the server architecture has been solid.

dragonherderx
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dragonherderx

Leilonii Damonvile levels make very lil diff skill points make a larger diff but you don’t gain extra skill exp just combat exp which differs. Also gear post 50 until awakening stuff is added is far far more important.

dragonherderx
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dragonherderx

It is funny in the case of black desert cuz you have a bunch of idiots that don’t understand that levels don’t actually do all that much for you. You get a tiny tiny tiny bit more hp etc.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

Quincha deekay_zero there was stuff worth discussing about my OP. 

where the conversation ended up wasn’t one of them.

have a nice day.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

Quincha deekay_zero Wratts please save me the melodrama

they say pick your battles and you chose poorly, choosing to make a mountain out of a molehill.

there was interesting things to talk about in my OP, of which the microaggression of using the term mommy blogging was not one.

unfortunately we’ve already wasted too much brain space and time over it to discuss the worthwhile subject matter i entered into the comment section yday. in favour of arguing semantics and insulting people.

so thanks for wasting my time and efforts yday and continuined into this morning with this trite silliness.

in order not to offend i will attempt to use less appropriate terms that loosely come close to what the term mommy blogging actually means which you refuse to accept in favour of your semantical gymnastics.

that you continue to insult me personally as well as my inteligence and your percception of my alleged “privelege” of which you know nothing is disgustingly priveleged in itself.

Rhime
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Rhime

Rohirrim I would give my right eye if we went back to the good ole’ subscription model and no cash shop! Remember those days when we received ALL the content and you had to bust your ass to gain wealth and gear? …sigh.