Shroud of the Avatar debates whether offline mode should include exclusive items

    
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If you’ve paid for unique items and extra content for an upcoming game, would you want all of that available in the game’s offline mode as well as its online version? And if so, how accessible should that content be in both?

This is the question that’s being put to the Shroud of the Avatar community. The big issue is whether or not the game’s offline mode should allow universal access to add-on store and pledge items.

“We thought a powerful gesture would be to make ALL content available in offline mode including ALL add on store items and pledge rewards,” Portalarium’s Starr Long posted. “Players would still have to earn enough gold to purchase them or gather enough resources to make them in game unless they purchased them which in that case they would start the game with them just like they do now. Our only concern is that backers who did pay for the content might feel upset that content they believed exclusive was available to any player (even if only in offline mode).”

If you’re a backer and have an opinion on this, head on over to the official forums and cast your vote, and then maybe take a look at our Choose My Adventure column this month, where MOP’s own Matt Daniel is chronicling his time in this very game.

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BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

At 96% Yes to 3% No, I’m not sure this qualifies as a debate. I voted yes, by the way.

mindshadow
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mindshadow

I think it’s a great move by Portalarium and it speaks well of their current community.  There were some dissenting voices and they had very valid points.  But I agree with the decision to expose all of that to the offline game.  They could have gone the DLC route with paid content even for the offline mode, but they chose not to and will only make you pay for it if you want access to it in the online game.

zoward
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zoward

It’s cool that Portalarium took the time to ask their playerbase how they feel about this rather than just decide for themselves (as many other companies would do).

schmidtcapela
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schmidtcapela

I don’t see how enforcing this would even be possible. The game is supposed to be DRM-free in its offline version, and it’s made in Unity; mods will certainly appear, and if there is content locked out of the single player version, mods unlocking that can be expected to be among the first ones.

Francis courant
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Francis courant

Coolit Francis courant If it’s all cosmetics I think it’s pretty good, I wish all MMOs would follow this path. My surprise was more about the very high number of items players can purchase. Never seen a shop with so many items. Yet again, if all cosmetics or have low impact on gameplay, I see no problem with this, as long as the developers don’t put so much effort on creating all those different items that it delays the implementation of other features.

karmamule
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karmamule

Ironwu Oh, I can easily imagine people getting bent out of shape about this.  I agree they shouldn’t, but I’m actually pleasantly surprised there isn’t more of that.

karmamule
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karmamule

SotA has lots of funky features, but I have been consistently impressed with the player-base on the whole, and the fact that backers like some of the previous posters on this thread are not territorial and clutching their goodies tightly to their chest is a great example. I could easily imagine other games’ players shouting in dismay at this. 

Much appreciated!  :)

Coolit
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Coolit

Francis courant The store isn’t bad at all everything is cosmetic or time saving, nothing “nasty” Portalarium has to get funding somewhere after all as its going to be B2P not subscription. No money = no game.

Coolit
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Coolit

It’s a great move, as a long term backer I voted yes without hesitation, it just makes sense to allow people to obtain all the game assets offline.

Francis courant
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Francis courant

Just visited their cash store O.O https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?page_id=9085