Champions Online is fiddling with costume prices

    
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Champions Online is still alive! How do we know? It’s fiddling with its cash shop prices come March 5th. A forum post explains the situation:

Starting on 3/5, we’re going to be re-aligning the prices of costume sets in the C-Store. Some will have their prices reduced, while others will be increased. Our goal with this is to match the dev work with the final price. Over the past five and a half years, our costume designers have raised the bar for costume set quality, and better costume sets take more work for us to produce. If you look at the detail and polish in their latest sets, it’s clear we’ve come a long way. These pricing changes allow us to keep spending more time and effort to make items that good.

Creating tiered prices also gives us more flexibility to make some sets more available to new players. A number of sets will have their prices cut down to 375 ZEN, so a new player who’s looking for something to try out will find the C-Store friendlier.

Older sets, like the Swamp King set, will see their prices go down, whereas “hyper-exclusive” sets like the Power Armor Bundle will be 1000 ZEN.

Community Manager trailturtle further mentions that the Champs team is still discussing ways other PWE games give players more “bang for their buck,” like Star Trek Online’s first-time spender packs and Jade Dynasty’s spend-rewards weekends. “Stay tuned,” TT says.

The developers have opened up a feedback thread for player input.

[Update: TT has now posted the finalized price list for the costume pieces.] [Source: Champs forums. Thanks, JayBezz.]
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wjowski
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wjowski

Good to see Cryptic/PWE has it’s priorities straight.

darkthunder84
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darkthunder84

Armsman Absolutely agreed. But of course, if you tell anyone the game is actually in maintenance mode, all the white knights come out of the woodwork, to defend both it and Cryptic.
Just pull the plug already and get it over with. Both STO and Neverwinter have far more valuable IPs, with a much larger fanbase. Now if Cryptic could start actually catering to the fans of Trek, rather than the fans of increased grind and monetization.

GoJammit
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GoJammit

You are correct in all of that. Maybe someday.

usagizero
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usagizero

GoJammit rlloyd3 I played since launch, off and on, though more off, years at a time. It did seem to have some fun changes. The sad thing though, every super-hero mmo i can play now, just makes me miss CoH all the more. I know CoH wasn’t perfect, but man it did some thing so right. :(

Armsman
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Armsman

And this folks is the classic example of an F2P/Freemium hybrid payment model game in true maintenance mode. Why Cryptic keeps it running is beyond me as I’m sure either the STO or NeverWinter Dev teams could make use of the two to three Devs they still have on CO.

CasualSlacks
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CasualSlacks

Of all the problems to address… 

To me, Champs is an ex-girlfriend who I run into and quickly remember that no relationship with her has a future. Makes me sad to say it. I love my characters. So much potential.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

LegendOfVinnyT Golden_Girl This is my shock-at-PWE-gouging face:

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LegendOfVinnyT
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LegendOfVinnyT

Golden_Girl The flat rate before was 475Z for costume sets, 800Z for bundles. When TT announced the price changes, he revealed the new tiers: 375, 600, 750, and 1000, so yeah, we expected most prices to rise, and sure enough they have. 28 sets at 375Z, 21 sets at 600Z, 21 sets at 750Z, and 4 sets and 3 bundles at 1000Z.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

GoJammit This IS what passes for content in these PWE scam “games”.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Ironwu It’d be epic if a law like that ever came into force, seeing these scammers scrambling for new ways to gouge their players.