It's no surprise for those of us who follow the gaming industry Loot Boxes, Season Passes and ways of distributing "additional content" are going are changing, rapidly. We can all thank the Star Wars: Battle Front II loot box scandal for this, but that's not the point of this post.
STW was designed during a time (2011-2016) where Loot Boxes were used as the primary means for monetizing a game post-launch. We are in 2018, now, and these kinds of predatory models are not looked upon favorably by not just gamers, but even industry leaders as a whole. Battlefield 5, The Division 2, and other high-profile games have announced all of their additional (DLC) content will be free with the purchase of the base game e.g. No charge for an additional "Season Pass" to access map packs, cosmetics, weapons, etc.
Fortnite BR embraces this monetization model. Not only is the game free, but it uses a non-RNG cosmetic-only model where players get what they are willing to pay for, or can earn just by playing the game.
Save The World should consider moving to a more consumer-friendly model once it goes F2P… Like BR uses.
As a STW player, I would be willing to buy cosmetic hero skins and accessories such as Pickaxes, Hover Board skins, Back Packs, Weapon skins, etc. as long as I am not gambling, and know what I am paying for.
As an extreme example, Epic could make heroes of certain rarities (Legendary UHA, SMS) available for limited time purchase through out the year. Is this "Pay to Win"? Sort of, but this is a PVE game where there is no real competitive advantage in-game. This would allow all players to get the heroes they want without having to rely on RNG.
The main criticism when STW launched was in-game progression was based mostly on RNG. This is still true to some extent, but not as much as it was. However, Epic could do away with this model altogether and off-set the normal game progression rewards by giving players more options through an expanded in-game store. Hence, my suggestions above.
Thoughts? Comments? Criticisms? Let's keep it civil.
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