On the note of micro-transactions, I want to know when these became macro-transactions and why. Let’s look at some of the SKIN prices in game and compare to other games that have had great success with micro-transactions for aesthetic items.
I want to point out that this is also probably hurting the game - because I’ve not purchased ANY skins, and I’m not sure I ever will. If the prices were reasonable I absolutely would. In fact I’d buy lots because I really like the option in other games - however, I won’t in EVE because this is absurd.
Example: Nidhoggur Headhunter SKIN - 695 PLEX
What? Really? 695 PLEX? Let’s say you’re buying this rather than using in-game currency: that means you need at least the 1100 PLEX package (since it’s not only overpriced but also “hot dog bunned” - so that a single PLEX package won’t suffice, but two is too much), which is $39.99 USD. Now, you’ll have some PLEX left over - but not enough for a subscription, so you’ll end up either selling it or buying more cosmetic ■■■■ that’s not what you wanted.
Now for non-Americans, it gets worse. As a Canadian, for me that’s $52 before tax & costs for currency conversion. As an Australian, that’s $56.
Alright, let’s compare to Elite Dangerous - a game for which I’ve bought tons of cosmetic DLC items, (despite that I rarely play it at all).
The Anaconda is a ship that’s arguably the most comparable to the nidhoggur in terms of price and size.
Skin six packs (not single skins, six packs of skins) are £1.80. That’s $2.34 USD. They also don’t scale with size: a single skin type is the same cost whether you buy it for a tiny frigate or an enormous Anaconda. What’s the deal, are you charging for more virtual paint?
Ok so say I want to get the whole headhunter set because it looks dope…how much is that…oh, it’s 13,180 PLEX. That’s uhhh…$656 for me before taxes or conversion fees.
In a world where cosmetic DLCs cost me $52 for a single SKIN, I buy them absolutely never. Not even for $30, or $25. When they’re reasonably priced I buy them often, I pick and choose the ones I want, and I can have a large collection of them without feeling ripped off.
Maybe this game wouldn’t be sloping so hard if you stopped acting like EA.