Shroud of the Avatar’s cash shop is now dispensing buffs when you buy stuff

    
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Shroud of the Avatar players dipping their toes into Release 62 for the first time might want to take a peek at the cash shop too, which is now dispensing buffs for buying anything as incentive to make purchases.

“To encourage players to try out the new crown store, they will get a small 1 day long buff with any purchase. The buff strength is the same whether you spend 1 crown or 1000. You can have up to three buffs at once and there are currently 22 variations. If you make another purchase and already have three buffs, the oldest one should be overridden, and you can also dismiss the buffs yourself. These buffs will remain in place for at least two months but possibly longer to help players with the transition to an in game store instead of web store.”

Gamers will recall that about a month ago, Portalarium announced a significant cash shop overhaul that put the cash shop into the game instead of outside of it, bringing it in line with other free-to-play titles. In other words, it kinda makes sense to incentivize players to use it. On the other hand, as set up, even dedicated players are calling it pay-to-win and wondering why the buffs aren’t just for logging in.

Meanwhile, in the game’s latest newsletter, the devs also say they’re rethinking a backer reward, or rather, rethinking the replacement for a backer reward that turned out to be impossible. “We are going to provide each eligible backer a new Duke Dungeon Throne Room,” the studio says. “In addition Dukes will receive a unique Duke Heraldry Paver they can place on the floor of this Throne Room where they can truly customize the space with their heraldry.”

Source: Newsletter, patch notes. Thanks, Gloop!

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Chris Spears

Chris here from the Shroud team. I have some corrections for this story.

The cash shop does NOT dispense buffs, only the in game crown store dispenses buffs. They can call it a “Cash Shop” but most crowns spent in game were purchased with gold from other players first and almost 10% of crowns drop in game as loot.

Did someone pay cash for most crowns first? Yes but unlike other games we made our premium currency drop in game and also tradeable and most crowns spent have changed hands at least one time through the vendor system before being spent. This was by design so most players could play without ever spending any cash but still get premium items. It lets people with more money than time support the game financially without inflating the economy and players with more time than money can just buy crowns for gold from other players.

As the story describes (and the headline should probably read) we are killing off our cash shop in favor of moving almost everything in game to the crown store. This lets players who don’t want to spend any cash still purchase items that were previously only available for cash.

Also, as the quote calls out, these are only temporary and will go away at the end of next release. We added them because 3 out of 4 players had never even opened the in game crown store. Remember, this is a VERY scary transition for us as we are basically removing our only source of revenue and moving everyone to a new store that 75% of people hadn’t even looked at with less than a month to go before the transition. So yes, we felt it necessary to give players an extra incentive to go try it even if it did temporarily break our normal rule of no pay to win.

The short snippet they included doesn’t show it but worth noting that buffs you get are the same no matter how much you spend. So buying a 1 crown item gives you the same buff you get from a 1000 crown item. In other words, this was a very temporary bribe to get people to try out the store before we kill our previous source of revenue.

So yes, a less clickable but more accurate headline would be, “Shroud kills cash shop, moves all purchases in game for player tradeable premium currency”.

Tl;dr This is clearly stated as temporary to make the transition from Cash Shop to in game crown store go more smoothly. Does it have a bit of P2W to it? YEP! But this was such an important transition we felt it necessary BUT that is also why we also are sure to call out that it is very temporary.

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Roger Melly

This is the end result of what happens when developers get so desperate that they stop caring anymore about what people will think .

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shibby523

The backer reward they are replacing is very much doable. In fact Richard Garriott and Starr Long’s character heads are custom made.

The most likely scenario is that the person that was able to make them was laid off last year and none of the current staff knows how to. Maybe Long and Garriotts egos are too big to allow players to have custom heads. Maybe it’s too much of a pain in the butt to do and they figure they already have the customers money and the current playerbase tends to bend to whatever excuse Portalarium comes up with for each item they have ever promised and failed to live up to.

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Caleb Cranson

Well this certainly isn’t surprising…with Portalarium’s ever increasing need to generate revenue, it was simply a matter of time before this happened. As the economic situation at Portalarium gets increasingly more dire, I anticipate they will continue to do these things simply to keep the lights on. Forsaken Virtues is right!

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IronSalamander8 .

I hate to claim something is pay to win as the term is bandied about far too often but this practically screams it. Here’s another one I’m glad to avoid. I’m a huge fan of Ultima 1-6 (and especially 3 and 4) but Garriot has really not been hitting home runs anymore.

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Armsbend

I don’t think anyone really cares that Shroud is pay to win. Do you?

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IronSalamander8 .

Good point. Hell, I thought it was still early access till checking it after this article. Apparently not!

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Greaterdivinity

Man…things must not be going great if they’re straight up selling power like this…if the goal was just to get folks into the in-game cash shop then you’d figure they’d hand out these buffs to everyone the first time they simply opened it and had some sweetheart deals for the first purchases (bonus discounts or bonus rewards).

Garriot definitely isn’t saving us, or even his own game at this point : /

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xpsync

So much for that old school feel they were going for.

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Bruno Brito

Ever played Flyff, Priston Tale and Allods?

Feels pretty old school :^)

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rafael12104

My, oh my. Are they that desperate? And thus the slippery slope begins.
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Armsbend

I didn’t read what you typed – just watched kitty for 10 minutes.

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Pepperzine

It’s as if they aren’t even trying to hide what they’re doing is blatantly pay-to-win.

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Zeph

Unfortunately for the folks at Portalarium, I think Shroud is caught in a death spiral. Every time they make a gross move to encourage more shop engagement, they turn off potential players, which in turn means they have to discover new ways to monetize their dwindling fanbase.

*starts Ultima VII again*

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Mordyjuice

Sounds like pay to win to me.

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