Beginning around the 34:30 mark, Executive Producer Merv Lee Kwai explained the gifting enabled in the marketplace and the concerns he’s currently seen around that,
“Gifting is currently enabled on the Unchained marketplace and I’ve seen some concerns around that. Mostly people are concerned that it’ll become some sort of a default way to transfer paid items to other players. We understand the concerns about it. Of course any sort of agreements like that are made at your own risk.”
He goes on to say that it’s currently not supported by the team and doesn’t recommend that players do this. The people on Reddit, it seems, have thoughts of their own, before the team confirmed in a separate forum post that gifting premium items have been disabled.
“The ability to gift items from the in-game premium marketplace has been disabled for ArcheAge: Unchained. We are committed to ensuring that our revised game-play experience meets the expectations of our supportive community and is in no way clouded by our past. We considered allowing the ability to gift from the marketplace due to the items being trade restricted and cosmetic. In hindsight, it's easy to understand how gifting could circumvent the items being bound. The decision to remove gifting was unanimous internally and so it is passed into order. We’ve worked closely with you over the past six weeks to refine offerings in the premium item shop based on the following criteria: -All premium items are cosmetic in nature, or provide a non-essential game-play service (renames, costumes, character appearance customization, or UCC) -All premium items are bound to the character that purchased them and are not tradable through any in-game system (mail, auction house, storage chests, player-to-player trades) -The gifting of premium items has been disabled”
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