Neverwinter moves cosmetics from ZEN cash shop to lockbox currency

    
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Back in October, PWE wrote about its plans to massively overhaul Neverwinter’s Trade Bar Store — that is, the special store where you can buy goodies with currency found inside lockboxes. Call it cashshop-ception.

As of yesterday, some of the planned changes have been implemented. Of note, fashion wear, dye bottles, and dye packs have all been removed entirely from the Zen Market, though they are still purchaseable in the Trade Bar Store itself. Lesser health stones and scrolls of mass life are on the chopping block at some point as well, though they weren’t mentioned as part of yesterday’s update.

Why would PWE mix up what you can buy where and make it harder to buy what you want? Simplification!

“We know it’s a tough decision for many whether to spend on cosmetics like fashion or convenience and refinement. We wanted to simplify fashion and make the experience of spending on cosmetics more rewarding. Not only will fashion sets now be more consistently priced, but you’ll be paying almost the same in lockbox keys as you would have buying that fashion directly from the Zen Market. Only now you’ll be getting plenty of bonus goodies from lockboxes along the way.”

Players aren’t reacting positively to the changes, since now instead of buying clothes with ZEN they got with cash, they’re buying clothes with bars they got in lockboxes they bought with ZEN they bought with cash, which is definitely not a simplification. It’s a bit like Guild Wars 2’s system, only GW2 doesn’t do it for all cosmetics, only the most awesome.

In other Neverwinter news, PWE has announced that the Underdark expansion currently live on PC will arrive for Xbox One players a month from now on February 9th. Underdark was the game’s eighth expansion and namedrops Drizzt Do’Urden from Amn to Anauroch. To recap:

“In Neverwinter: Underdark, players will descend into the Rage of Demons storyline from Wizards of the Coast including an epic, 10-player battle against the two-headed Prince of Demons, Demogorgon with classic Dungeons & Dragons characters including Drizzt Do’Urden, Regis and BruenorBattlehammer. This update for the free-to-play MMORPG includes all-new content such as the new hub zone of Mantol-Derith, two end-game skirmishesand “The Dwarven King,” a quest line written by New York Times Best-Selling Author, R.A. Salvatore,whose latest novel Archmage kicks off the Rage of Demons story.”

Source: PWE press release, old dev post, new dev post
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romdude
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romdude

Styopa So what’s a better system that the players and developers will be happy with?  This is a genuine question btw, not sarcasm.

MrEllis
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MrEllis

I hope they find out promoting, selling or designing lock-boxes causes severe kicks to the junk.

StClair
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StClair

Quincha spoken very fast and shown in tiny tiny print at the bottom:
“oddsofwinningmathematicallyinsignificant”

JayBezzOfficial
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JayBezzOfficial

plenty of bonus goodies.. what kind of spin is that?!

Bye Felicia.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Karl_Hungus ManastuUtakata dorn2 
Um…no!

skoryy
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skoryy

tobascodagama Quincha skoryy Nope. Its not just under the radar, but the player is always guaranteed to win something of a non-zero value in a lockbox. Hence its not officially gambling.

Now, if you excuse me, I have to go drop a few bucks on tonight’s lottery drawing on my way to the racino.

teppic
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teppic

Quincha teppic No problem. It’s actually much fairer and cheaper than before (VIPs now get cosmetic items almost free), it’s just not explained well.

Jack Kerras
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Jack Kerras

Gamble-boxes are always popular with the top-spending folks because there’re at least a few players with the budget and the inclination to buy hundreds and hundreds of them for a nightmare mount, a specific, awesome-looking helmet, or whatever else happens to be in one.

I have always found the mechanic to be powerfully exploitative.  If I want to buy an awesome burning nightmare stallion, I’d really like to just be able to fork over twenty bucks instead of buying a pile of keys and crossing my fingers.  When I can’t, I just don’t buy a nightmare stallion, full stop.  I generally also find a different game.  Gambling is specifically designed to exploit people, which is not something we want to encourage in an industry that’s partially based around that anyway.

teppic
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teppic

Quincha teppic If you don’t want to spend any cash in a f2p game you’re going to get tedious grind, that’s pretty much a given.
The way you’d do it though is grind -> Zen -> VIP -> 30 lockbox keys per month and tons of trade bars.
But you also get 30 lockbox drops of RNG stuff on top, and that typically sells for 15-25k AD a day, so lots of people pay for VIP by just having VIP.

teppic
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teppic

Quincha teppic The trade bar currency. There’s only one currency that drops from the lockboxes — it always has dropped from them. You can directly buy whatever cosmetic items you like with the currency, so there’s no RNG on which cosmetic item you get. It acts like a regular store, except it uses trade bars rather than Zen.