The Elder Scrolls Online introduces new cash shop pet that increases your inventory and raises some eyebrows

    
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Generally speaking, The Elder Scrolls Online has some pretty good and adorable pets, but all they really do is just look cute. The latest addition, however, has a bit of utility baked in, which is making some players a bit nervous. Say hello to the Bristleneck War Boar, a proper chonky pig friend who apparently can increase your inventory by five slots. That inventory increase, by the way, isn’t just for the character that has the pet; it’s account-wide.

Concerns were first raised by one PTS player back in September, which led to several cries of the added inventory crossing the pay-to-win line. That feedback appears to have been largely ignored, as the pet went live a couple of days ago with the inventory space improvement included.

This new pet has kicked off a variety of reactions, with some community members who believe that this new pet is a test bed for further P2W Crown Store items, while other fans want more utilitarian pets or don’t appear to be fussed by five inventory slots. You be the judge.

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rafael12104

Perfect. LOL!

Thanks my friend. It is always great to get your take.

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yours as well Raf:)

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zoward

Yeah, he really nailed this one…

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Nate Woodard

I wish it was a mount!! Having a pet with five extra inventory slots seems incredibly useless though. And when I see someone say Pay to Win, I’m left scratching the November scruff on my face. How in the world are you winning with five extra slots?! Sell five junk weapons that you pick up from random drops and you’re good to go.

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Daniel Reasor

Whether this counts as pay to win or not, the 5 inventory slots have to stay on the pig now or everyone who already bought one will have cause to say that they’ve been defrauded. The commitment is made, for good or bad.

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Mewmew

Oh, I saw this pet in the Crown Store but I didn’t know that it came with 5 Inventory slots…

So for inventory in this game, you could use Crowns to get expansions faster but there has been no expansion before that you couldn’t get with gold as well. This is the first one. I don’t think that’s a good direction for them to go in.

5 inventory slots is not a big deal of course, but it sets a precedent and changes the way things have been in the game from the start.

I blow all sorts of extra money in the game’s Crown Store and get all sorts of rip off lock-boxes as well, but I still don’t like the idea of this. It sets us down a road of doing more stuff like this in the future.

I’m not happy with it, and yet I’ll still probably buy it and it won’t affect my playing for now. It does make me a bit wary though of what they may do in the future.

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Carebear

its not pay to win of course, but that does not make it right either. Is like that the developers acknowledge that the game is very “inventory heavy” and instead of “fixing the issue” they sell the solution. But that to be expected from a f2p/b2p game. Thats why I prefer subscription MMOs.

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NeoWolf

Not sure I agree on the fixing the issue part, in so much as Inventory upgrades have been available in the Crown store LONG before this little porker ever came along. Not to mention you can upgrade your inventories in game via actual gold since day dot too. So it isn’t really capitalising on anything.

This little pigs affect on the scheme of things is practically negligible.

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micedicetwice

Not sure I agree on the fixing the issue part, in so much as Inventory upgrades have been available in the Crown store LONG before this little porker ever came along. Not to mention you can upgrade your inventories in game via actual gold since day dot too.

Those upgrades have a limit and playing without sub and material storage is very painful even with all of them.

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NeoWolf

the limit is not significant the upgrade space even undoubled is pretty big and gold is easy to make the only difference is time and convenience and that is what we subs pay for.
Things will never be equal between subs and non subs because the difference is what is being paid for.

As I said 5 slots in the scheme of things is neither here nor there.

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Zero_1_Zerum

When I still was able to play ESO, I always did my best to ignore the Crown Store. I didn’t even buy new chapters through the cash shop, just DLC. Looking forward to having a working computer again, so I can continue to play the game I bought, and continue ignore the cash shop as much as possible.

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NeoWolf

I don’t have an issue with it and it certainly isn’t pay to win a few extra inventory spaces does not affect game balance one iota so there is no possible ” win” to come from it.
I was also pleasantly surprised by its pricing considering it gives the bonus inventory slots to the entire account up until now they have charged a LOT more for things with a lot less.. but I guess it is only a pet not a mount so in that regard it is definitely on the upper end of pet pricing.

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Mordyjuice

5 inventory slots for a mount that looks like garbage, might as well call it pay to be a fool.

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NeoWolf

Its a pet, not a mount. I think personally it would have been better as a mount, I quite like it myself :)

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kimowar101

I pay an extra 4 dollars a month on my sub in ff11, that gives me 2 mules and an extra mog wardrobe…… am I paying to win? I also sub to eso mostly for the crafting bag.

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micedicetwice

Tbh that feature always looked cheesy to me. More retainers you have = more gil you get, and it’s not just some scraps, it’s millions of them (for example, getting a new minion from exploration). Being rich in FFXIV is not literally winning it but hell, it’s a HUGE advantage you get for a monthly sub.

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Arktouros

I mean they literally sell a banker who can let you access your bank anywhere in the game world an unlimited amount of times or an unlimited access merchant to unload your bag space for $40 each. Since 2016. Yet this pig adding 5 more slots is the one that crosses that Pay2Win line? Yikes.

ESO is one of the most cash predatory games on the market today. They literally don’t even put out content updates, they sell you them as DLC instead. You are long past the point of things like this being a “test bed” and more like you’ve been sleeping in the bed all along and just finally waking up to the nightmare.

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Paying for a whole 5 inventory slots is Pay to Win? Nah. If 5 means that much, you’re holding on to too much stuff you don’t need. I’d argue 100% that the Sub-Only crafting bag is WAY more Pay-to-Win than spending a few bucks for 5 more inven slots.

But I still appreciate the dragging for a cash grab, anyway. Dragonhold for 2000 crowns is way overpriced, just like I thought Elsweyr wasn’t worth it’s pricetag, either. But what can I say, I’m cheap. :P