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Major Economy Changes Coming

Posted by Michael Bitton on Sep 18, 2009  | Comments

Major Economy Changes Coming -

Massive changes to the economy are coming to Champions Online, as revealed in a new letter to the community published last night to the game's official website.

The developers have heard your calls for reduced retcon pricing, and the letter explains that the reason they haven't come through with a significant reduction just yet was due to the state of flux the economy has been in. Over the last 17 days, the developers have been hammering out their planned changes to the economy of the game and simply did not want to end up having to readjust retcon pricing to be more expensive after the fact, if it were deemed necessary.

So how's the economy changing? Well for one, they are going to near double the amount of white drops found in the game. As a result of this, they will also be flattening the sell values of items on the vendors, which will have the effect of increasing the value of the white drops on the low end, but slightly reduce the value of the higher rarity drops on the high end. This is being done so as to equalize the resource flow to players, but instead of skewing it to high end items, much of it will come from the volume of white drop vendor sales.

Those of you out there that are thinking, "That's their plan? Giving us more money by making us sell items" Bah!" Fear not! Cryptic Studios will also be boosting the resources dropped from enemies and doled out from mission rewards.

The resulting retcon pricing changes should be "much gentler" on your wallet, but the developers do still intend for a substantial retcon to be a costly endeavor fitting the theme of the game. The idea is you shouldn't have to sell your kidney on the black market to retcon back a few steps is the likely intention.

Wrapping things up, another free retcon will be issued when these economy changes go live, so be sure to experiment with screwing up your character in the meanwhile if you've burned your first one, and from what I understand these free retcon's do not stack.

The original article is available here.

Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB
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