After two months, Shroud of the Avatar has removed its controversial cash-shop buff bonuses

    
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Back in February, Portalarium raised eyebrows when with Shroud of the Avatar’s release 62 it added a controversial cash shop item: a buff for buying stuff. It was part of the studio’s push to modernize its cash shop as it was brought inside the game; naturally, developers wanted to incentivize its use, so anybody who bought anything of any value got a day-long buff, up to three at a time. But dedicated players still set off the “pay-to-win” alarm and wanted to know why the buffs weren’t attached to just logging into the cash shop. (For the record, company reps then argued it wasn’t a cash shop at all because the intermediary cash-shop currency can be purchased with in-game currency in addition to real money. You know, like Guild Wars 2’s cash shop.)

At the time, developers said the bonuses might not last forever – that they’d “remain in place for at least two months but possibly longer.” But even so, I suspect you’re as surprised as I am to find that two months later, Portalarium is disabling the system. In a hotfix yesterday, the studio announced the removal of the buffs:

“Crown Store purchase random buffs have been expired and turned off.”

And that’s that. No more fuss.

Source: Official site. Thanks, Victor!

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Covynant001

Its gone…until they come up with something else which maybe there will be less player pushback on.

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Songs for Children

But dedicated players still set off the “pay-to-win” alarm

It is not surprising that alarms went off, considering that Chris Spears himself admitted that it was pay-to-win. He did it in the comment section of this website, in fact.

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Victor Didra

Your point?

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Songs for Children

Just clarifying that Portalarium themselves confirmed that it was pay-to-win, so it was about as above board as the company is apparently capable of.

This wasn’t an incident comparable to, say, quietly dumping your CEO title because you’re no longer directly involved, then, when people notice, pretending that it’s no big deal .

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Victor Didra

Ah, just restating what the article said.

Regarding the CEO -> Creative Director transition, it’s weird you would say that.

I saw Richard (Lord British) on the livestream and in game last night.

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Songs for Children

As if it takes him any effort to show up on the stream once in a while, lol.

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Bruno Brito

W T B O P T I M I Z A T I O N

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PanagiotisLial1

Its good to see that gone, I never liked it.

Other that I like the things being planned and the fixes made. Also they plan a housing contest soon

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Victor Didra

The housing contest promises to be a big one, Bree you might want to talk with them about that. First place is a Player Owned Town, which is a huge prize.