Hi hope everyones having a great day.
Today im writing on the forums to voice what i feel like is much needed critisism about the way ngs is monetised.
Just a little background on my pso2 history. I ended up quiting pso2 when i had realised that the monetisation was not very kind to anyone who wasnt a whale. But i still was very much looking forward to ngs because i felt it was an opportunity to correct this part of the game.
Now i completed all of the story parts so far in ngs and im around lvl 17.
Look ngs isnt a game from 2014. It was a game developed during a time where other game devs were reworking their monetization systems because they knew that they were harmful to the player experience (shadow of mordor as an exmp).
The reality is pso2 ngs is competing with games like ffxiv but if the monetisation keeps being the way it is ngs wont be successful and will probably die withing a year imo.
The salon system in ngs needs to change. You dont want me to be able to change my body type without paying then fine i can handle that.
But why cant i changed the clothes i already purchased without again paying sega to do so?
Ive already supported you when i purchased ac and then you ask for more to even use or change my clothes at any given time. And charging me to change the colors of the item i already purchased is also unacceptable. It feels like your trying to make money from every single inch of this game and it feels terrible as a player.
In mmo's like ffxiv i can change any item i want into a cosmetic, i dont have to pay for it, i dont have to pay to change its color. Again this game came out this year not 15 years ago. Charging me hand over fist for what would be basic customisation features in any other game feels terrible as a player.
Now i kmow what your probably thinking to yourself. "But ffxiv requires a sub to play it".
And to this i say, all you premium purchasers also have to pay out hand over fist for basic features so what is your premium purchase really getting you aside from a personal shop (dont wrry ill get there) and login bonuses? Your getting shafted just like i am.
In warframe (a free to play action mmo) i can trade as much as i want, i dont have to buy premium to do it.
As a free to play player why arent you allowed to use what is effectively a market board? In other mmo's the market isnt cornered off to currency purchases or premium purchases. You just get access to it regardless.
Locking off a portion of your playerbase from a key feature in your game doesnt provide incentive for people to buy premium, it just makes players want to quit.
Why should any player buy premium or support your game if before i even really get to interact with major systems im locked off from one?
It doesnt feel good to a player to not have access to a basic feature. This game wasnt released in 2005, its 2021.
Now i know your thinking to yourself "well if everyone gets premium then the bots will do (insert bad thing here)".
And to that i say, well the bots are here in game anyway so obviously cutting everyone off from the personal shop does nothing. If anything it incentivises bots. Regular players cant sell things to make meseta so buying from a bot is quicker and cost less $ than buying premium.
If you really want to get rid of bots give players more access to the market not less. Warframe doesnt have a bot problem because no one is locked off from trading. On the other hand pso2 has always had a bot problem and still has one even though locking away trading is supposed to be the solve.
I dont know about anyone else but it seems like locking the market away doesnt actually solve the bot problem. I wonder if theres another reason it would be locked away............see what i did there?
This one is kinda a no brainer.
If im playing with my friend who has terrible rng and cant get the only 4 star rod in the game why cant i give him the one i have?
The worst thing you can do to your community is cut them off from helping eachother. If you want more people to play together and to bring more people in then let them trade with one another from person to person directly.
If i spent 150 hours grinding for a god teir pair of daggers why cant i give it to my friend, its my item why cant i do what i want with it?
From a new player perspective not getting the item your grinding for just makes you mad and not want to play. It doesnt make me want to spend money on premium or go to the personal shop, IT MAKES ME WANT TO HARD CRASH MY GAME AND DELETE.
And again i know what your saying "well if you can trade with your friends then your friends will get op and skip the grind".
And to that i say, WHO ******* CARES?
Its my time and my item i should be able to do what i want with it. And also if my friend has to skip 200 hours a grind and can just get to fun parts a play with me then they would stick around more.
Heck they might even turn into a gacha whale and spend money. But not if they cant enjoy contnent with their friend and have to spend 200hrs grinding for items theyll use for 2 seconds.
Person to person trading is a basic feature in any other mmo. It doesnt break monetization in ffxiv, warframe, wow or any other mmo and it wont break it in ngs.
This game was made in 2021 not 1998.
Im dont really have to say much here. Locking skill tree resets behind a paywall is stupid.
I dont care that they give out resets all the time. I dont want to hear that i should be looking up skill tree guides for a new game that came out a week ago.
Its basic feature is most other games in general, im not even talking in mmo's here im talking in general.
If i want to reset my skill tree in borderlands i just do it. If i want to reset my mods in warframe i just do it.
This game was made in 2021 not 2014.
I dont think im asking for alot.
Im not asking you to remove the ac scratch tickets (even though i think that ngs itself doesnt have enough character customization for you to be charging people for eyes or movement animations).
Im not asking you to take down the game and redo the whole things.
Im just asking for basic features that exist in every other game not be locked away and for you to stop hurting the player experience.
I really like the combat, i really like the story, i really like the ui and menues not being to cluttered.
But these locked away basic features are going to make me quit.
Why play ngs when i can go play a game that respects me as a player?
And im not the only one, i know pso2 vets who are extremely disappointed with these locked features and are going to quit if things dont change or improve.
And to all of your who are going to think "play another game".
Think for just 5 seconds, if every time someone has valid critisism you say "play another game" and they take you up on that what your ganna have is a dead game that gets shut down in a year.
Instead of telling people to go away and shut up how about you spend your time and energy trying to get this post noticed so that you have more people to play with and ngs takes the number 1 mmo slot.
Cause thats what you want right? You want ngs to be succesful right? Well thats not ganna happen if you just tell people to go away.
This game was released in 2021 not 2014.
Anyway have a nice day and thabks for reading.