Dark Age of Camelot hops on the microtransaction wagon

    
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There’s a whole lot to digest in this month’s Dark Age of Camelot producer’s letter, but perhaps the most significant is the move by Broadsword to introduce a microtransaction system into the game some time this spring.

Initially, the cash microtransactions will be used for cosmetic appearances, although the devs said that it will be expanded to include other, non-pay-to-win options: “Once this system is in place and working smoothly, we’ll be able to work on the much-requested quality-of-life features like race, gender, and name respecs as well as potentially account to account character transfers!”

The team admitted that it may have pushed out game changes “too far, too quickly” last year and promised to revisit those this year. Other early 2017 projects include nerfing pet classes, retuning several hybrid classes, launching a new PvE campaign next month, and getting out the new forums and website by this summer.

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Cramit

Well this doesn’t sound good. Hope they keep working on it.

Although I found the forum thread about the want for a classic server to be more interesting. I guess they finally noticed that Uthgard 2.0’s server population has been putting them to shame for the past month. Love me classic DAoC and been completely enjoying it since it relaunched at beginning of January. A daoc server with a 4500 player cap that actually hits it during the weekend is a god send. Grouping PvE/PvP/RvR game for the Win!

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Dirty Ape

Uthgard seems to show that the demand is there. I’ve been dabbling in Uthgard and I like it, but they made some mistakes when they launched it that will potentially snowball the realm populations and hurt RvR. Also, the ‘forever stuck in patch 1.65’ thing sounds great in theory but basically leads to certain classes/realms being forever under or over powered.
Ideally I’d like to see something like Uthgard but with some quality of life changes and class/ability balancing.

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Armsbend

So unneeded for a game that should feel lucky they still have a good amount of people willing to pay each month. I’d cancel my sub this very day and never consider going back if I were a customer.

We are only willing to make cosmetic changes – if you give us more money. Fuck off.

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Yaner

Generally not a good sign for the players or the developers when this happens so late in the game’s life. Let us hope they at least implement it properly without creating problems for themselves.

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Witches

In other words, an aesthetics downgrade for paying customers.

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Jack Pipsam

I suppose it makes sense in a way.
I mean subscriber numbers while presumably stable, would have a slow decrease over time, if they want to keep up the content updates as Broadsword has been good at doing, then maybe extra avenues have to be opened.
Better have them all opened and tested now before Camelot Unchained launches.

While it’s never good to have microtransactions in a subscription game (I don’t see DAoC suddenly going F2P either), I am less mad when it occurs in a older game like this. Better to have the extra chance at avenue than be closed or shunted into maintenance mode. A world without Asheron’s Call and Dark Age of Camelot just isn’t great. Particularly when you consider the game is only running by the grace that EA is seemingly indifferent, happy to take the cut from the IP, but not interested enough to ever consider investing again.

Although taking a look through the survey they linked at the bottom of the producer letter, it seems they’re flirting very seriously with the prospect of a fresh-start server, maybe with classic rules. Perhaps they see the Old School Runescape and what Everquest(s) have been doing as interesting. With Camelot Unchained while still a little while off, but ever looming, no doubt there is a degree of pressure to try and do whatever they can to remain relevant. As Runescape proved, sometimes just going back is all it takes.

PS. Keen to see what their new site/forums will look like.

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Eliandal

Definitely going to check out the Producer’s letter then, if they actually DO open an “Origins” server, I may actually find my way back there!

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Cramit

Yea, not surprised they put this classic server poll up. Uthgard has been kicking their butts with population, concurrent players, twitch streams and pretty much everything. I bet they are trying to figure out how to cash in on the classic playerbase since it is A LOT bigger than the current live servers playerbase.

(Although to be fair, many live players are playing Uthgard too)

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Eliandal

It’s too bad they canned the “Origins” project in 08/09 (As they didn’t want to fragment the population) Hopefully, this would actually bring players back in! While I cannot speak for anyone else in my former guild, it would definitely bring me back!