Star Wars: The Old Republic opens up direct sales of the Unstable Arbiter’s Lightsaber

When Star Wars: The Old Republic first introduced the Unstable Arbiter’s Lightsaber with one of its random item packs, players were unhappy about it. It was a highly desirable item locked behind an uncomfortable amount of random chance, which is bad enough in and of itself, but it was also being advertised as if it were common. Bit unfair, that. So now you can, in fact, buy the lightsaber directly, the first time that a high-rarity reward from an item pack has been available for purchase directly from the game’s store.

The down side, of course, is that it’s pricey. Sixty bucks for a lightsaber pricey.

The rationale is that this will, hopefully, preserve the rarity of the item (and the sense of it being either very expensive or a very lucky drop) while also making it directly available to fans who want it. Naturally, no one is happy about this, either. Expect a similar reaction in a few weeks when everyone just gets a half-dozen unstable lightsabers for logging in and the people who had already acquired one are unhappy about having their work ruined.

Source: Official site via Dulfy; thanks to Sally for the tip!
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Mewmew
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Mewmew

Considering the rarity of the drop, $60 is probably a bargain.

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Jeff

This is what confuses me. I read so much SWTOR hate on this site, even the writers (or whatever they call themselves) seem more than a bit biased. Yet even though the game isn’t my cup of tea…it has a metric shit ton of players, and from what I’m told by my old employer, the dev team is one of the few that is still expanding significantly.

Is it a Star Wars thing or What?

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Andrew Jennings

The “metric shit ton of players” is one metric shit ton too much. Honestly, the game has seen a free fall of players since they released Knights. They’ve moved from class based missions to one generic for all. They swore choice mattered when in the end, you got the same outcome with a few actors changed. They took away some of the most popular companions and have still yet to revive them. They have made the grind longer and longer without reason. People begged them to reduce the grind and all they did was add more. Then they started to take away from the end-game players. Less content at the end and more to get there. Now they are outright selling $60 items. This is nothing but a cash grab by a failing dev team. As for the “biased” writers or hate from this site, I will have to say that so far all the hate is actually founded. There is reason to feel like a company is betraying you when they take a lockbox item and then sell it for an outrageous price. The item was already expensive to get as is just from the lock box. Then they are just like, yup, we want to milk this already dry cash cow a little more.

It’s like Star Trek Online when they release a pack that contains an old ship but highly desirable one. They know people will try for it like crazy because it’s something they really want. Just the other day they announced the release of a new ship (Enterprise J) even though it was said that it would NEVER be released to the public. Now all the sudden, here it is right on time for them to sell in a lockbox with a less than 1% chance of drop. Calculate the price per box of 300 Zen or $3 and it can easily come out to well over $500 for a single ship. They then announce that the ship will be one per character (like most of their lock box items) and that there will be one per faction for the 3 factions. So you could easily spend $1,500 just to get one of each. Then if you have more than 3 character, well there you go, you now have a cash cow to milk to death.

We as consumers need to stop them by letting them know with our wallets we don’t approve of their crap.

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Jeff

whoa slow your roll dude….I’m not the enemy I was just asking questions, I think I logged in SWTOR for all of three hours. I have no doubt they are milking players but the sad truth of it is if it wasn’t a profitable thing they would stop it. I applaud anyone taking a stand against corporate greed, but I think in this case there are more whales than conscientious consumers.

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bobfish

It has had a steady decline of players and revenue since Knights of the Fallen Empire came out, nothing they have done has off set that. This, is one of their attempts to improve revenue.

And I’m not sure who your old employer is, but I find it difficult to believe the team is growing. Most of the people who worked on it two years ago are on different projects now or at different companies. Many of the junior team members received promotion within the team and even now they are moving to other places too.

What is suspected by those in the industry I’ve talked to, is that BioWare Austin has a second project in development, so the studio may be recruiting/expanding, but it isn’t going onto SWTOR and the MMO team itself is a skeleton crew just large enough to produce the little bit of content that they are left working on. I mean, it’s taking them the better part of the year to make one raid.

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NeoWolf

I would have loved an unstable lightsaber GTN prices were more cash than I was ever likely to see and the packs weren’t forthcoming because you know packs/lockboxes whole carrot on a stick that never delivers by design… but $60 for a single digital doodad.. HELL the F*** NO. Pricing on that is insane.

I pay them a sub, I shouldn’t have to pay them sh** for that, I should be able to earn it in game.

Irony is of course is im all for direct sales, ive been calling for those forever…but as far as the pricing goes someone clearly needs a reality check and a slap.. not necessarily in that order. ;)

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April-Rain

I lost £150 on the collectors edition, but have kept going back when a nice chunk of content awaited me and the game has been installed on my system ever since launch, after seeing these story’s today about stupid £50 light saber’s is what really finally broke it for me and I have just uninstalled it for good and cancelled my pre-order for mass effect, I’m done with bioware the developer I use to love.

If i need a bioware fix I will go old school and play Jade Empire or kotor!

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starbuck1771

Funny thing here is when the packs came out I bought $60 worth of cartel coins and spent them on the packs and got four of the sabers three of which I sold for 125 million credits each the fourth I gave to a guild member.

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flatline4400

rofl… Sixty bucks!!

Of course, they will sell thousands…

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Armsbend

Seriously, why does anyone who reads this site play this piece of shit? Is it because they like Star Wars? Stop pissing on the franchise by supporting this nonsense.

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Hirku

Well I’m reinstalling as I type this because I want to see the other seven class stories. I won’t spend any money, pinky swear.

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neil shelton

Straight up whale fishing. IN YOUR FACE.

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Rottenrotny

lol SWOTR is just embarrassingly bad.
So sad. I loved this game at launch.
Honestly I’d take the buggy ass launch version of this game over this money grubbing cash shop faceroll disaster.

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Greaterdivinity

At this point, I’m convinced that BioWare is doing their best to re-make every other MMO’s mistake (and re-make their own mistakes) with SWTOR. Did nobody in the studio know what “monoclegate” was?

At this point it’s hard to be optimistic about the games future. Between the disaster that continues to be the Command system, the aimless “direction” it’s going in at the moment, the complete lack of conviction behind things like them bringing back OP’s, and decisions like this, I just can’t really think of any real positives to the game beyond, “Well…it’s Star Wars…”

Such a bloody shame to watch this game continue to decline. KotFE seemed like it was really going to be a turning point for the better, but alas it seems to have been the exact opposite : /

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starbuck1771

At least the saber can be used unlike that expensive monocle.

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Witches

Terrible news, this means they will milk this saber for a long while before allowing us to have this effect with another hilt.

The price isn’t that high considering how overpriced cosmetics are in SWTOR, if i liked the saber i’d rather pony up the price of a full game, than gamble by buying the crates or resort to credit sellers.

My doubt about this game’s management is if this is incompetence, sabotage or insanity.

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starbuck1771

not true. There is already a device to give weapons the lightning effect however the hilt design with the lightning effect look sweet especially with certain color crystals equipped.

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Evan Schultheis

1. That Photo is not the Unstable Arbiter’s Saber.

2. The Saber is 7600 CC. For reference, 5500 coins is $39.99. So it’s about 60 USD for the saber. For that price, as one reddit user pointed out, you can buy a “real” one from Ultrasabers, or another game.

Which is what most SWTOR players are doing, buying a different game.

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Darthbawl

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pepperzine

Needs to be edited “You get a Lightsaber for $60, you get a lightsaber for $60, everyone gets a lightsaber for $60!”

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Pedge Jameson

Squinting through Eve monocle, holy crap I read that right.

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A Dad Supreme

Just about every MMO is prioritized regarding money; they aren’t designed to give customers the ‘best value’ overall, especially in regards to cash shops. True, some games are more egregious than others at it but they all do this to a great extent.
ESO is selling housing units. Some are free (I guess) or cheap but very basic, while the new announced cash shop Underground Hole House seems to be quite, quite expensive.
Does it matter that now that’s the price and in a year when they haven’t sold as many as they want that they drop it by 50%? Nope.
What matters is always the initial outrage that “THIS IS INCREDULOUS!” rants that people go through on Day 1 because they want it immediately, lol. Doesn’t matter that the same thing happens with clothes, cars, iPhones, computers, music, movies or anything else ever sold.
I never understand why some people put themselves in an emotional pickle over something that they already know will be cheaper as long as they wait a bit. Most people see a high price, say NOPE and wait. The company notices it and later drops the price. Those high prices aren’t for most folks; they are for the folks who have more money than they know what to do with or for those who have no patience or impulse control.
I don’t have a problem with SWTOR doing this, ESO selling expensive housing units, EvE selling monocles, Defiance selling $100 weapons, Star Citizen selling $10,000 lounges or ships or anything else because they aren’t aiming that stuff at me, the average MMOer.

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neil shelton

IE they are whale fishing.

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starbuck1771

Well of course someone has to pay the money freeloaders, and moochers don’t. BTW I have been called the whale before I have spent thousands on SWTOR alone. I had spent about 75 thousand on the SWG CCG when SOE was still doing it.

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pepperzine

You speak as if SWTOR is a f2p game that you can actually play deep into the game for free. It’s more like an extended trial, you really need to subscribe to make the game enjoyable.

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mysecretid

Ugh. If they put as much effort into making a fun Old Republic game as they do into devising new means of separating players from large sums of cash, maybe I’d still play.

Sorry, that was excessively nasty, but dammit, SWTOR is NOT an inherently bad game — it’s just being prioritized and run very poorly.

At this rate, the game will eventually wear out its welcome among all but the most ardent, indiscriminate Star Wars fans, get closed down, and than EA will claim that “apparently Star Wars fans didn’t appreciate the game as we expected”.

Personal tastes and expectations aside, the Star Wars part of the game isn’t the real problem here, it’s the decisions being made surrounding the game.

Bleah. Gonna stop now before I start ranting …

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Rottenrotny

It’s Star Wars and there will always be enough white knights, fanboys and RPers to keep this game going, in maintenance mode at the very least.

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rafael12104

LOL! Ok, Well… I might just get one then. You see, I have over 25k in coins saved up. I don’t ever use them, and since I’ve quit playing the game they have just been sitting there.

So I’ll be the AntiWhale I suppose. Not spending a dime, but getting the sixty dollar light saber.

I’m not surprised at all. And I don’t really care that it is available. Whales will buy it, sure. Maybe others with lots of coins. I certainly don’t view it as important relative to the Cxp debacle.

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Targeter

I honestly thought that it was a misprint when I first read on Dulfy that the saber would be 7600 CC. Then, to my horror, I found out it was accurate. Even worse is the ‘justification’ for it by the Bioware team on the forums. I mean … look, I really love (loved?) this game and it’s still one of the highlights of my MMO journey so far, but damn guys. DAMN. $60 for a pixel sword? I don’t care how you try to explain it away or make it sound reasonable, that’s just a bridge too damn far. The mere fact that putting this on the Market for 7600 CC was greenlit really tells me a lot about the guys and gals in Austin. How could they think that this was acceptable? Who was advocating for the playerbase in those meetings? How could no one stand up and say “Hey, is this really the best idea?”

And Eliot’s totally right; in a year or two when they do a special event that awards something that even remotely resembles the unstable blade, then folks who spent $60 worth of CC will be totally, completely, and irrevocably screwed.

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Pedge Jameson

“They’ve lost touch with reality,
now their personality,
is an unwanted commodity.”

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A Dad Supreme

“And Eliot’s totally right; in a year or two when they do a special event that awards something that even remotely resembles the unstable blade, then folks who spent $60 worth of CC will be totally, completely, and irrevocably screwed.”
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That “year or two” argument doesn’t hold water at all, I have no idea why people keep using it.
Know what else was cheaper “a year or two” ago? That’s right.. the game itself!
So using that logic, people who paid more then should be upset that now it’s cheaper. Or people like me that bought the CE at launch should be really irate that we paid so much back then and now it’s dirt cheap to get one.
People need to stop trying to prorate their investment from cash shops so that it holds some type of ‘monetary value’ in several years in MMOs. It’s a game and it’s not supposed to hold value over that time.
Arguing it’s too expensive is one thing; arguing that people will get it ‘free’ in two years is somehow unfair is a dumb argument altogether.

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Targeter

1) The game was not cheaper a year ago. The past two xpacs have required a $15 investment to access. There has been no fluctuation in cost for your example.

2) Cash shops items are not ‘investments.’ They are digital items paid for by customers. There is a concrete value assigned to these items by the cash shop currency conversion. If the value of this item is negatively impacted later on by a release of a similar item for free or a reduced price (which has happened several times; cartel speeders that resembled speeders from raids, weapons, crystals, etc) then yes, the customer can rightfully feel as if his item has diminished in value through no fault of his own.

3) Depreciation does not exist in the digital realm (as opposed to the actual world, much like our CE items … of which I was also a buyer); items bought for a certain amount of money do not decline in value since there is no ‘wear and tear’ on said item. There is no loss of functionality or maintenance payments required to maintain full function and the customer can reasonably expect for the digital item to keep a steady value unless acted upon by another party (as in the release of a similar item for reduced or free pricing).

It’s strange that you singled in on that one line. The gist of my comment was that this price point for this item was high, but the real problem lies in the fact that no one in Austin advocated for the players.

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Targeter

You’re also assuming sale pricing for items later on based on availability and past trending; this doesn’t really apply in the digital realm since there is no finite supply. A copy of sword #1 will always be available and in ready supply from the CC Market until the items are completely removed from the game. This negates any sort of ‘sale pricing’ based on availability, such as our Collector’s Edition boxes. The reason that a SWTOR CE box is cheaper now than at launch is because availability far outstripped demand. The market system demands that the item become cheaper to help move remaining units. As the supply dwindles, you can expect the price to go back up. Condition also plays a major factor; a used CE box may not have all the codes and perks assigned to it when it was released, thus driving down price. A new, unopened CE box would probably fetch a higher price because of condition; all attendant items are intact. Digital items do not suffer this; they are binary. You either have them or you don’t.

For this digital item available for direct purchase, there is no expectation of availability issues. As such, the value is solid at the set price. The sale pricing for this particular item will only be to increase revenues in the short-term, whereupon the price will increase back to the pre-sale point.

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theblackmage75

This is not better. I don’t know why anyone at Bioware thought this would be an improvement over the former means of getting this lightsaber but their mistake is only going to make the game, its monetization, and its developers look worse.

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TheDonDude

I’d never spend 60 bucks on something like this, but ultimately it’s selling a purely cosmetic item so it isn’t a bad way for an MMO to raise cash.

pepperzine
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pepperzine

$60 for a virtual light saber effect!? Wow.. just wow…
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Schmidt.Capela

And this is why I really want a single-player, offline KotOR3 using the story and assets of TOR.

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A Dad Supreme

It’s definitely time for a Star Wars sandbox world ala Skyrim or Mass Effect.
A game like that would probably break every record ever set.

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starbuck1771

So SWG 2.0 :P

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Dobablo

Naturally, no one is happy about this.

Welcome to the internet.

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hugmonster

whale wars

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