Neverwinter moves cosmetics from ZEN cash shop to lockbox currency

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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