We’ve just about made it through the first month of 2019 without mentioning the ‘m’ word. But unfortunately, we won’t make it any further. That’s because a photo has emerged detailing the cost of purchases in Anthem, and they’re far from frifty.
In a post on the popular sharing site Reddit, a number of the game’s items were on display along with their price in shards (the in-game currency of choice). But if you happen to convert their innocuous cost into a more standardised coin, you start to understand just how little seems to have been learned by the industry in the past year or so.
As one reply pointed out, these prices are on par with Fortnite – a free to play title that doesn’t require a £40-£50 investment to begin with. You can find the screenshot below.
Unsurprisingly, the post generated a large number of replies with wide ranging opinions. Some questioned the logic behind costly add-ons and pay to play DLC, suggesting that one must somehow offset the other. Others were keen to remind readers that all items can also be purchased with currency gained through pure gameplay(called coin), though this can easily become a grind (which in turn would encourage more players to part with their cash for a quick return). Either way, there was a healthy debate that was filled with a lot of sense.
It must be pointed out that one of the first few replies to the post was from a BioWare employee, Chris Schmidt, who had the following to say:
Hey there! One thing to keep in mind is these don’t represent final, stamped for all of eternity pricing. We are iterating on our economy design and balance almost daily, so you’re seeing a snapshot of one iteration. This is why we tend to not discuss things like pricing, because it’s one of those iterative things that’s sure to change frequently right up until the day you play the game.
Therefore, these “placeholder” prices are subject to change. But even if they’re just one of a number of possibilities, it is still a price point that is being considered. And could fairly be described as too high, all things considered.
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