Lost Ark Goes Reverses Decision On Pay To Win Cosmetics
Amazon and Smilegate are currently locked in what seems to be an eternal battle against bots in Lost Ark. The MMO has received a great reception from fans and critics alike, but this bot plague has caused major issues, including massive queues to log in, as well as messing up the in-game economy. While the battle against the bots will be a long and hard one, there are other things the devs have been addressing on a more immediate basis.
Along with announcing the delay of the MMO's June update, Smilegate announced a new cosmetic system called Yoz's Jar. This system featured some Epic and two signature Legendary skins which weren't just visual, but provided a small buff (1% and 2% Strength/Dexterity/Intelligence, respectively) to attack power. However, there's now been a change of plans.
"Every advantage is critical as players engage in Lost Ark’s challenging activities, like the newly introduced Legion Raids," says a post on the official Lost Ark forum. "While Epic and Legendary skins from Yoz’s Jar would've been available to everyone through Crystals and the player-to-player Market, data and feedback suggested they would fetch very high Gold prices— making it difficult for players to acquire a Legendary skin, much less a matching set.
"We didn’t want players to feel that the skins found in Yoz’s Jar were necessary for gameplay, especially if gated by a significant monetary or in-game currency barrier, which is why we've decided to remove Yoz's Jar and the skins from the Wrath of the Covetous Legion Update," continued the post. "Flexibility and fairness to players have always been driving forces in the partnership between our teams as we work to ensure that players are able to enjoy and play Lost Ark however they see fit."
This would most likely be a welcome change according to the player, as the Yoz's Jar features had the potential of being exploited by bots and leveraged by players who dabble in real money transactions. The Lost Ark community has been vocal about wanting stricter punishments for bot accounts and those that are linked to real money transactions.
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