Arenanet on not being evil with micro tractions and my thoughtsBy slith October 6, 2011 Follow Author
In a interview at the Eurogamer Expo 2011 Colin Johanson discussed the Is it Evil? test which Arenanet use to gauge if content, items and features whould be free or paid for with micro transactions.
“Evil” means anything that could make a character more powerful.
Correct, there is a cash shop that we run for the game.
One really important thing to note is, we don’t ever sell anything in there that makes your character more powerful. That’s really important to us.
We like to do the – we like to call it the Is it Evil? test. Every micro-transaction that we do in the game, we have everyone in the company look at it and say Is it Evil? Is it really something we should be selling?
Generally, the stuff in our store is purely cosmetic; it’s bonus stuff, it’s extra stuff you can get if you want to, but it’s not stuff you have to buy to play the game.
I have always supported and might go as far as saying its highly beneficial for both the company and players to have micro transactions; after all building a MMO is hard work and expensive.
Because I’m a casual gamer these days so I’m really happy to pay for a piece of content I want to enjoy which is also beneficial to Arenanet because with more money they can develop more great content I might potentially enjoy.
So what would I be happy to pay for?
- Quest lines to get items or rewards
- Extended experience stuff like the mobile app
- Costumes and mini’s or pets
- Un-lockable playable races or professions
- Hair styles
What wouldn’t I be happy to for?
- Convenience items that make the experience less grinding
- Storage – This would only be a problem for me if there was only a un-generous amount for free.
- Items that have dropped but I cant use because I dont have a premium account. Even if its only a cosmetic enhancement having a awesome item in your inventory that is taking up space but you cant use it is extremely frustrating
We not just hope, we believe a lot more people will play Guild Wars 2 than they did Guild Wars 1. We think that that will offset a lot of the development costs in itself.
We certainly are putting a lot more work into having more things available in our online store. The Guild Wars 1 store worked for us, it’s been there the whole time, but it didn’t have a ton of stuff in it. The Guild Wars 2 store we’re working on having more stuff for you to pick from to buy.
If people want to support our company and want to purchase that stuff, he added, there will be more options for them to do so. And it’s totally up to them.
We anticipate that that will help us, too.
So I trust that Arenanet will make the correct decisions as they have been very generous in the past. They should also have the right to earn money from their hardwork, just getting the balance right is the hard issue.
Do you agree or disagree with the things in my happy to pay for list?