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A Message About the Mount Adoption License

Hi,

We made a commitment to you in March 2012 that we’d fund GW2 live development through non-pay-to-win microtransactions. We try different ideas, but we always hold true to that commitment. We’ve been collecting and discussing your feedback on the Mount Adoption License, and today I’d like to acknowledge and respond to the concerns you’ve raised, and to share our perspective with you.

You have valid concerns about random boxes. We hoped that the design of the Mount Adoption License would be reassuring. In this case, we made some missteps:

  • At a time when there’s a lot of debate about random boxes in gaming, we should have anticipated that a new system with a random element would cause alarm.
  • We released mount skins with three different purchase models, but with the majority of skins released so far through the Adoption License. It’s easy to perceive this as intentionally channeling you toward randomization.
  • The Adoption License is a large set at 30 skins. We stand by the work our artists put into each skin, but it’s understandable to see this as pushing down the odds of acquiring any one skin, and to worry that we might add more skins to lower the chances further.

Here are some of the benefits we had in mind when designing the Mount Adoption License:

  • You get a brand-new, unique mount skin every time, for a substantial discount versus an individual purchase price.
  • It uses a progressive mechanic. Every license gives you a new skin to use and increases the odds of acquiring any remaining skins.
  • You’ve requested variety, and this is a way to support variety. Individual sale is a mechanic that works with a few, flashy skins. Using a grab bag mechanic gives us leeway to create skins to suit a wide range of player tastes while offering a lower price per skin.

Microtransactions can be polarizing, and we’ve received both positive and negative feedback on the license. We won’t change the existing license in a way that would invalidate the investment players have made, but I want to confirm to you that our next planned mount skin releases will focus on individual sales like the Reforged Warhound and bundles like the Spooky Mounts Pack. We will not add any skins to the currently available Adoption License, thus not pushing down the odds of acquiring any one skin in that set.

We appreciate the thoughtful feedback many of you have provided, and that you hold us to high standards for monetization. It’s been a challenging but wonderful goal to support live development and Living World purely through optional microtransactions, and it’s your support that’s made that possible. Thank you.

~ MO

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  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭

    @Sylv.5324 said:
    I really don't know if I'm going to keep playing, or buying, when you guys are still gouging folks with this mount pack. I'll have to think about it. I'm really concerned that if I do purchase this, you'll continue to use RNG to distribute mounts, and I will have just been gullible again, and encouraged the problem.

    My advice is to wait and see what happens when the next mount/s come out. It might well be that there's skins you like just as much as the ones in the RNG boxes which can be purchased directly (either on their own or as a bundle). Then there will be no need for you to buy the RNG boxes.

    Danielle Aurorel - Desolation (EU). Mini Pet Collector.

    "Remember in this game we call life that no one said it's fair."

  • Wolfheart.7483Wolfheart.7483 Member ✭✭✭
    edited November 11

    @Danikat.8537 said:

    @Sylv.5324 said:
    I really don't know if I'm going to keep playing, or buying, when you guys are still gouging folks with this mount pack. I'll have to think about it. I'm really concerned that if I do purchase this, you'll continue to use RNG to distribute mounts, and I will have just been gullible again, and encouraged the problem.

    My advice is to wait and see what happens when the next mount/s come out. It might well be that there's skins you like just as much as the ones in the RNG boxes which can be purchased directly (either on their own or as a bundle). Then there will be no need for you to buy the RNG boxes.

    I would second this notion.

    Also to those interpreting "like the Reforged Warhound" as meaning 2000 gem individual skins, I seriously doubt every individual skin will be that much. I am sure the intention is to release a multitude of skin types/packs for varying price ranges.

  • Not gonna lie, I didn’t care for the whole randomness at first. I wanted the cosmic skin on any mount. I got the lightning raptor one with my first box, and I absolutely love it. I have yet to see anyone else with the same mount. Now I see them similar to Pokémon cards. Someday, I’ll get that cosmic “charizard”

  • @JaddynnStarr.5201 said:
    Glad to see a response in the least here.... not happy with the whole cave this one time, we promise we wont do it again vibe I'm getting tho.... How about you offer the 30 skins and allow us to pick the ones we want from them at a set price rather then try to keep it the same and squeeze it dry? I wont buy the random packs so you can forget that nonsense all together. You have the ability, capability to fix and change this..... just do it.

    think of it this way: they wont re-release these rng skins as single purchases or copy these old skins next time as that will annoy the previous buyers. so the next skins will have to be better looking than the old skins and they will be single purchases.

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