Path of Exile asks for community votes on what the game will sell you next

    
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Market research is a tricky thing. It can be hard to figure out what exactly will get people to spend money on a product and what will convince people to drop money. Of course, you could always go with Path of Exile’s approach and just ask people what to sell them next and then make a new microtransaction to make money based on community votes. It worked before with a sharknado animation, here’s hoping that it works again. Tell them how to make you spend money.

Of course, right now the clear winner is wings, followed by shields and pets, but given that the poll is going to be open for a bit longer there’s still time for that to change substantially.

Yes, we’re aware, the game is free-to-play and microtransactions are literally how the developers make any money on the game, thereby ensuring that the game is still playable at all while keeping the development staff paid and consequently capable of affording things like housing and food. Economic realities are not lost upon us. It’s still not a great look for the game just the same.

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David Goodman

So why is this a bad look for them again?

Better a vote than to just push out whatever and hope it sticks.

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TheDefensior

I’ve chucked a little money GGG’s way over the years (probably totalling about a single average AAA game price by now). PoE has one of the least scummy adaptations of the F2P model and if they’re going to fund themselves primarily through cosmetics, surely it’s just common sense to get a feel from the community as to what they want to see next? I guess it’s a personal thing but it seems very strange for Eliot to describe this as a “bad look”.

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Jeremy Barnes

I fail to see how this is a bad look for them.

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Bryan Correll

Eh, the votes are going to get brigaded by fans of the big streamers. Just like last time.

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Bereman99

Yes, we’re aware, the game is free-to-play and microtransactions are literally how the developers make any money on the game, thereby ensuring that the game is still playable at all while keeping the development staff paid and consequently capable of affording things like housing and food. Economic realities are not lost upon us. It’s still not a great look for the game just the same.

For a game that has added a great deal of content at no additional cost to the player over a period of years, and has plans to continue the same approach with it’s connected sequel…

I’m confused how this is supposed to make them look bad?

It’s established they are free to play. It’s established they do not sell power via their shop, and the only convenience they sell is inventory space – everything else is cosmetics. It’s established that the amount of content they’ve added that hasn’t cost the player anything basically kind of dwarfs what any other ARPG has managed, including major paid titles (including the third game that is part of the series that is the namesake of the genre), and they are still going with that…

Yet somehow I’m supposed to look at a poll for what players would like to see added to the shop as a bad thing for the game?

Weird take, in my opinion.

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Fisty

I’m going to buy things from the game I’m playing anyway, so, I’d much rather vote for what I’d like. It feels weird for some reason I can’t pin down, but it seems like a decent enough idea.

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Arktouros

I’m not opposed the idea of voting on things and I’m like super excited for Holloween in Destiny 2 this year (TRICERILOCK!) but that’s really only because what I wanted got selected.

Case in point here with POE I never cared about Sharknado either as a MTX or Cyclone as a skill and I sure as hell won’t care about big flappy wings that don’t do anything on a character. I mean this is before we even get to what it’ll actually look like and there’s so many bad shield MTX that 9:10 times I end up with a skin rip off an actual item than anything in the cash shop if I have a build with a shield on it. Hopefully people who win get what they want and buy it but I don’t see myself part of that.

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Dug From The Earth

Wings in these type of games have been so over done, it just kinda makes me go “blech”.

Designers and creative people on the team… “You can do better”

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somber_bliss

In a game where you only really see randoms in town I see no reason to yuck another person’s yum. They can buy what they want and I’ll do the same. I’m not narcissistic enough to expect everything to cater to my tastes.

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Dug From The Earth

Im “yucking” the limited creativity of the offerings provided.

Wings may be the most appealing thing offered so far, thats not the players fault.

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Greaterdivinity

Seeing shields so high…man the current meta is sure gonna skew these results. By the time the shield MTX’s are releasing Spectral Shield Throw will likely have been gutted and we’ll have moved away from the shield meta. I hope GGG is keeping this in mind as they look at the results, stuff like weapons/shields have limitations that build-neutral stuff like weapon effects, wings, aura effects etc. aren’t limited by (since just about every build uses weapons and auras with a few exceptions).

It’s still not a great look for the game just the same.

I’ll throw a huge, strong “disagree” here. This is actually great, and allows GGG to focus their efforts more on the cosmetics that people actually want, meaning fans get more stuff to buy they’re interested in while GGG spends less time on cosmetics that may not be in much demand. I’d love to see this as a more common thing in games with MTX cash shops for live service games across the board.

Devs get a better idea of where to focus cash shop resources, players get more stuff that they’ll be likely to buy, everyone wins at the end of the day.

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Peregrine Falcon

Agree with you completely about the devs asking customers what they want.

I’m not sure what world we live in where someone thinks that a retailer asking the customers what product they’d like to see on their shelves can ever be considered a bad thing.

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Harbinger_Kyleran

Except that… In this situation feels more like that paddling scene from Animal House where the pledge bends over and yells, “please may I have another!”

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Jeremy Barnes

It does not.