Robin Torres over at WoWInsider asked about what people would want to buy from an in-game shop. Since I didn’t really talk about what I wanted to see in the store (instead about what would and wouldn’t most likely be in the store), I figured a formal response would be a good idea.
- Cosmetic Armor: Torres voted for this too, and the CM team hinted at it in their admission about the existence of the in-game store, but I’ll throw my hat in for it as well. Quite frankly, there’s a ton of great armor textures in the game that don’t get used either because you have to farm A LOT to get them or just flat out aren’t in the game anymore (I’m looking at you, Tier 3 Armor). Obviously, there’s also a lot of armor that can be farmed relatively easily at this point, but to me that just indicates that there’s clearly a time-matrix Blizzard is looking at here: the harder it is to farm up a piece of armor, the more expensive it should be.
- Bigger Bags/Bank Slots: Granted, I think that there’s a pretty broad problem with storage that needs to get solved, and I don’t that know if offering 48-slot bags for RMT is the right solution, but it certainly would be a way to gauge how many people want more storage. If it’s just hoarder-types that want it, it’s not worth the dev-time for a broader solution. But if Blizzard sees a big swath of players buying up more storage because there’s just too much stuff (and really, there is) this would be an indicator that they can use to justify it to Risk Management.
- NPC Party Members: Now, this might be my very controversial pick, but bear with me. If Blizzard is going to throw NPC party members at us in Proving Grounds, it demonstrates that the groundwork is there to create NPC party members that could roll with your character in other circumstances. Want to run 5s but don’t have your tank player on? Buy an NPC tank and run your randoms gleefully. Build some mistake-logic into the scripts so that it’s not a perfect player, and it means that the other players will have to stay on their toes. It really shouldn’t be a perfect replacement for a flesh-and-blood player, but if the objective is to give people the opportunity to run the content they want, the part where “you need this many friends and/or the ability to pug in Trade to participate” is a barrier that can be mitigated.
What do you think?