Ashes of Creation adds monthly time-limited pre-order packages to the tune of $500

    
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Good news, Ashes of Creation fans, you can now give the development team more money! The team has rolled out new pre-order packages for players who want to get in to early testing and also want to unlock new cosmetic items. The trick? The packages are time-limited, rotating on a monthly basis to a new set of cosmetic options. Miss out on one package? You miss out on the cosmetics.

These packages also run from $500 on the high end to $75 on the low end, so if you want all of the various cosmetics you’d better be prepared for some major financial outlays. Fortunately for those who had already pre-ordered, there is an option to buy the monthly cosmetics for a smaller sum, but it’s still going to be a rotating offering of stuff you just can’t get any other way. Or it will be that stuff, since none of it is in the game yet. You understand.

Source: Intrepid Studios press release; thanks to Siphaed for the tip!
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Loyheta

Kinda wish they’d develop an identity for the game. Going from necromancy to cuddly teddy bear mount and a cupcake stand is giving me whiplash.

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Toy Clown

I’m happy to see them speeding along in game development and it is an MMO I’m keeping an eye on, but I dislike how they taunt our fluff strings with acquisitions of once-off’s, never to be seen again fluff! All for the sum of… yeah. Hundreds of real dollars.

I don’t see the sense in spending all that cash for fluff that we don’t even know what it looks like in-game. They’re still in pre-Alpha stage. When they have a more solid product, I’ll take another look.

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Yaner

This game is the Star Citizen of Fantasy MMORPGs. Lots of ways to blow money, little ways to actually play.

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Raleigh-St-Clair

In its defence, however, it hasn’t had half the time Star Citizen has had.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

The thing I am really curious about is this game having a sub and if it will be viable for them. I get it with established IPs like WoW and FF. That makes sense. A new studio, a new IP and crowd funding though? Can it work?

For me, even thinking about playing a subbed game in this day and age means they need to go above and beyond my expectations. The bar is set so high because of b2p games doing what they do so well. A game would seriously have to impress me to win me back over to that type of monetization again.

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Carebear

This joke with pre-launch sales need to stop.. people need to stop them by not buying them.

For me when a company acts like this is already low to my eyes. Get your game out then sell me whatever you want…

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Venomlicious

Do people understand that there is no game for these items to exist. Ill send you a picture of some cool stuff you send me money then we can play the waiting game.

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Sorenthaz

They’ve been doing this for awhile now. Last I checked their cosmetics were death themed and revolved around Halloween, and that was some months ago. Not to mention they started this back with their Summer promotion thing for folks that missed the initial Kickstarter pledges.

This is pretty heavily delayed outrage, lol.

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Bree Royce

They have new stuff now and sent out pr promoting it last night.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah but I’m pretty sure they’ve already been doing this monthly or on a semi-regular basis.

Either way, if you own one of the packs that comes with game access or whatever, you can buy the cosmetics a la carte style for significantly less money.

The actual cosmetics (pet, mount, armor, sanctuary skin?) look like they add up to $90 if you buy them separately. The pricy packs are just the same as like a Founder/Builder/etc. pledge (beta/alpha/whatever access, subscription time in advance, etc.) that folks can buy for other crowdfunded games that are still in development.

Correction: $115 because I didn’t see there was a second mount (the gryphon thing) and a shield cosmetic. But everything is individually broken up/priced so if people just want the cool looking armor they can grab that for $25 or whatever. Prices for the stuff aside, they’re not that crazy to force people to buy a $500 pack all over again if they already bought into the game at whatever price they put down.

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Venomlicious

If people keep paying they will keep throwing shit at the wall to charge for. I’m sure they have an office pool going as to when people will finally call them on their bullshit.

Steven Sharif says, ” look at this shit guys they are buying it”

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ultorius

Wth is wrong with game companies those days, charging handreds and thousands of dollars?Star citizen, pantheon, now ashes too.They are selling computer games not freaking cars.Only way i would pay 500 was if it had a 450$ laptop attached

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Sorenthaz

The $500 is for a founder-equivalent package. It comes with all the trappings:

Access to Alpha 1
Access to Alpha 2
Access to Beta 1
Access to Beta 2
12 months of game time ($180 value)
$150 in Embers (in-game marketplace credits, NO P2W!)
Wings of Reverence!
Protector’s Sanctuary!
Protector’s Armor (Costume)!
Shield of Reverence
Protector’s Pride Pet!
Sky’s Vengeance Mount!
Name Reservation!

It and the other packs are for those who haven’t yet bought into the game, so it’s pretty standard fare like CU’s builder pledges or whatever else is out there. It’s not as good as the Kickstarter pledges though (i.e. the $500 KS pack gave/gives [since those who have a KS pledge can upgrade into other KS pledges still] a lifetime subscription among other stuff), and for those who just want the cosmetics and already bought a pledge pack they can buy each item separately a la carte for significantly less money.

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Sally Bowls

wrong with game companies

game companies??????????????

The reason Walmart does not try to sell you a loaf of bread for $500 is not that they don’t like money, they really do. It’s because nobody would buy it. The reason why AoM is selling something less useful for $500 is that people have (e.g. the original KS) and will pay it.

It’s immoral to let a sucker keep his money..”

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Schmidt.Capela

The basic rule about pricing in a capitalist system is that you charge the consumer the amount that will bring you the greatest profit. Thus, if you can charge players more and still sell all your merchandise, you do so.

It’s what a local retail chain did some years ago with the Star Craft II Collector’s Edition; they bought out every last box Blizzard was going to bring to the country, and then sold those boxes at more than twice Blizzard’s recommended price. People complained, of course, but there was no other place to buy it from.

(What I don’t get is why Blizzard allowed that to happen, getting a PR black eye in the process because players thought the absurd pricing was Blizzard’s idea. Plenty other stores wanted to sell the game too; Blizzard just had to manufacture more CE boxes to fulfill the initial orders from the other stores, which would have made them more money and prevented the bad PR they got.)

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Sally Bowls

“just had to manufacture more CE boxes” – I can see how that can happen. Making physical things and printing take time and scheduling. So it would be expensive to schedule another production run and by the time they could get them made and shipped, would anyone still want them. tl;dr: boxed copies are an expensive PITA.

I think the takeaway is that physical boxes are too expensive and complicated and digital will continue to climb and only mega games will even have a boxed version.

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Matt R

Don’t do it people, new mmos have had very little success lately. it’s like wanting to invest in K-Marts right now…. they could go belly up tomorrow.

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Siphaed

What’s a “K-Mart”? ;P

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“Attention all K-Mart shoppers! We have a blue-light special in the Toys department! …”

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Sally Bowls

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!

For quite a while, the largest retailer in the US was Sears and KMart was #2. Now, Sears and KMart have merged and neither is expected to survive.

All is impermanence.

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I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

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rafael12104

Wow, that was awesome. Sadly my contribution is much less impressive. But it is a catchy toon.

“I went to the desert on a horse with no name.
It felt good to be out from the rain.
In the desert, you can’t remember your name
Because there is no one to give you a name.”

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Sally Bowls

Yours sold better!

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rafael12104

Lol! It did sell quite a few LPs, back in those days.