Tree of Savior hikes prices, delays F2P launch following exploitative token arbitrage

    
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We’ve got a bit more clarity today on the financial impact of Tree of Savior’s recent wave of bot and exploiter bannings and the concomitant suspension of founder packs: IMC Games told players today that it has had to reset the prices of its Tree of Savior packs on Steam to counter a scheme undertaken by players in regions with low prices to snap up tokens cheaply and trade them for silver, something players in other regions cannot do.

By way of apology for the “sudden, drastic price increase,” IMC says it will open a South American server after all, apply different prices to South American and South East Asian servers following the F2P launch, and put an end to token trade and arbitrage between the regions.

“Lastly, we’ve decided to raise the discount on our DLC products. We will be selling them at 50% off instead of the 30% originally planned. The content of the DLC products including the TP amount will not change. Players who have already purchased the DLC products previously will be able to buy the discounted packs as well, since they are treated as new products. This discount will start on the 21st as planned and will remain available until near the F2P transition date. These 50%-off DLC products will not take regional pricing into account as they will be discontinued before F2P and regional pricing implementation for the SA and SEA servers.”

The end result for non-cheaters? The release date for the F2P game has been pushed back. “Our goal is to finish transferring teams to the appropriate servers first before opening up our game to the general public,” says the studio. “We expect the transition to F2P to happen sometime early to mid-May, and we will make a separate announcement once the date is confirmed. We apologize to those who have been waiting eagerly for the F2P transition.”

Source: Official site. Thanks again, Leiloni!
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Kaloth
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Kaloth

breetoplay Ironweakness Isn’t arbitrage what software pirates get when a game is released with Denuvo? Aarrr!
Sorry. Practicing my bad dad-jokes for when my kid grows up and I can fully appreciate the groans of embarrassment he makes in front of his friends.

BettoMendes
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BettoMendes

Sad news, but still happy they’re trying to get rid of bots and exploits, so props to them.

Ironweakness
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Ironweakness

breetoplay Ironweakness Haha, yes I suppose that’s a good point. And you know if I really thought you were coming up with shifty titles just to get hits, I wouldn’t use ridiculous, made up words like “click-baity,” right?

Of course, if this were my article, I would have titled it something like, “50% Off All ToS Founders Packs Beginning April 21st Plus IMCGames Does Some Other Stuff No One Cares Here Just Take My Money.”

But then that might come off as a paid advert and a bit biased.

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breetoplay

Ironweakness Hey! Re: Twitter – if I wanted to be clickbaity, I wouldn’t have used the word arbitrage in a title. Never use a word people have to look up, right? :D

Leilonii
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Leilonii

Wandris Yea I only paid for the $10 access and didn’t plan on buying more, but with a 50% off sale I’m considering it now.

Ironweakness
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Ironweakness

Selfishly, I’m glad it was pushed back because it means a few more weeks of gameplay before the servers crash from the wave of new people. That said, it will inevitably happen and I will just have to deal with the lag and overpopulation of every map for a week or two. I’m sure it will quiet down again, it’s a niche game and I don’t see large numbers sticking around.
But I can live with the extra discount. I was already going to buy the $50 tier when it went on sale. Now I’m definitely buying both the $50 and $30 at that price. It’s the best way to get tokens and cash shop currency.

Wandris
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Wandris

It seems to me the devs for this game are taking the bots and seller threat seriously and have a good plan to counter them. I was on the fence about even a $10 for access3 but now with a 50% sale perhaps access 1 or 2 is worth taking a chance on.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

My hope for this game is low.

IndigoSalma
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IndigoSalma

Kanbe No Mans Sky , Battleborn =O

Kanbe
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Kanbe

Sucks the F2P date got pushed back but I can wait. Plenty of other games to play until this is ready