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Kickerstarter and Cash Shop cosmetic item integration and mount concerns
I remember Steven mentioned at one point he wasn't a fan of cash shop items that felt like they completely didn't fit into the world. You know, Chibi stuff, mascot or meta mounts that are purely there to be silly and fun. #KoreanMMOs
Some of the designs I've seen of the skins, mounts and such from kick starter exclusives, or the ongoing monthly backer content for ashes, While not completely outlandish, some things I've narrowed my eyes on wondering 'Why... Are players getting this?' from a perspective of lore and immersion.
I'm perfectly fine with exclusives, although I'd really love a way for existing backers to have opportunity to see missed months... Since I didn't even realize it was rotating until recently and hadn't checked the shop since the summer rewards. Personal gripe though!
Either way, my point here is Integration. What I mean by this is these items should not always be player exclusive. Have NPCs or other members of the world, equal to the renown you want it to have be on a NPC of equivalent renown for the armor or cosmetic concept in question. Obviously this won't apply to everything.
Listening to one of @Simurgh 's podcasts they discussed Animal Husbandry. At my kickstarter level there's a exclusive mount involved. I love the mount concept. My question: Will I be able to breed this mount? I imagine not, but I feel that should be a player decision, perhaps add some high failure rate or something into breeding extremely rare mounts such as those.
I also would like to see incredibly important NPCs have access to this exclusive mount if the lore fits.
I guess it boils down. Give thought to immersion and integration of exclusive outside of game content earned by methods not within the game.
For example, as cool as the pre-order exclusives or cross game mount rewards in World of Warcraft were- I simply never used them. There was no logical reason my character would have access to say.. Tyreal's charger. It looks cool, but it's immersion breaking and... That alone can make me quit a game. It's why I stay away from Eastern/Korean/Asian MMO's. So many times you see such outlandish characters not fitting the world, contrasting say... A dark fantasy background. It's an eye sore to me, but ultimately subjective.
What are your thoughts on exclusive cosmetics? Do you prefer the content to be more exclusive to the player to make your character stand out as more unique? Or are you on the side that you like seeing NPCs of similar renown using the same awesome cosmetics that make you feel unique? Maybe a different take entirely? Do tell!