This one understands that some people will see no value in a thing that others are able to have, even if others have to pay more or wait longer for it. The exclusivity is the only thing that can justify the commitment.
The time spent grinding thru the battle pass, which looks like it will be full of tedious and banal endeavours (as these things often are) is not ever coming back. If the only reason one plays the game is for the completion of the pass… This one laments, but this one understands we all have our particular foibles to placate.
Our time is both finite and non-renewable.
The morality of money is a funny thing.
There are numerous techniques that generate significant revenue that have since been thrown into the verboten pile. The legal mandate separating the doctor from the pharmacist is over 750 years old in some parts of Europe (In many civilizations on the Eastern side of that same continent they were never, or were only recently separated, having very different checks and balances in place than dispensation separation) Monopolies/“Trusts” are somewhat frowned upon at present, but were (and still are) undeniable in their ability to control markets. Then there is the addition of certain chemicals to consumables to make them more addictive. A constantly fought battle. Just like the idea that an item has to actually be what it is labelled as. One related to the idea that a central authority controls weights and measures rather than just letting the merchant calibrate their own. Because for every honest coin to be made, three more can be grifted.
Caveat Emptor is the battle cry of those who absolutely intend to engage in dirty dealings and then want to pat themselves on the back for being so smart and successful… or at least wish to reserve the option to do so.
This is without getting into some of the truely heinous things that were done for centuries with no compunction, and even towards the end with significant foot stomping that removing these abominations would destroy the economy.
Now, is Funcom planning some massive act of only barely, technically, not criminal malfeasance that will make them rich while both destroying the health of and financially ruining their customer/victims?
Of course not.
They, at the advising of an expert in the industry, are planning on engaging in what is currently standard practice in industry. A profitable but vocally loathed standard practice. But they solicited feedback. This one thinks, even if that solicitation was performative, that puts them on the better side of typical.
The population of, and activity on, the forums certainly spiked after the announcement. But we are still far and away not the majority of those playing… But are we the ones who care the most?
This one thinks the content creators whose livelihoods are tied to this game probably care a bit too. But possibly for different reasons…
This one wonders what threshold they consider an “Uproar” at?
One side thought, that is likely to please exactly no one else. This leans a bit into the cash shop as well, so please be patient.
Crom Coins should not be able to be purchased with cash and can only be acquired from the paid track of the Battle Pass.
The Lotus Emporium would take transactions either in Cash or in Crom Coins.
However, any item added to the shop that had previously been in a Battle Pass (and such items would be added only after the Age they were in had concluded and the next Age was a full Chapter in) item can only be acquired with Crom Coins.
Has this one managed to offend everyone with this suggestion?
It keeps the items locked behind Battle Pass participation, and a limited, finite resource, so the FTP crowd should reject it.
Meanwhile, it allows those who weren’t available for battle passes in a previous Age to acquire the items, thus annihilating their value as a sham NFT.