- This is not how I wanted to introduce Allods Online on my blog. Just two days after I post about appropriate game pricing, gPotato, the game's US publisher, decided to open their cash shop. And as we all know, bad news travels fast. Saylah of Mystic Worlds and Keen of Keen and Graev's have already weighed in with commentary. If you somehow missed the fury, here is what's going on....
- Allods Online, although a WoW-alike, is a very good WoW-alike. With much better polish than Runes of Magic, my first days in the game have felt like just as comfortable as playing Blizzard's behemoth. I even had to restrict my play time during the closed beta so I would not burn through all the content ahead of time. But the ticking bomb under all the great content was the cash shop. No one really knew (although the developers said all the right words) what was going to happen when it was opened. As we can see today, the bomb was measured in megatons.
- For instance, Massively is quoting the cost of a 24 slot bag at $20. Keen states that this price is about ten to twenty times too high based on the cash shop in the Russian version of the game. And that's just one example.
- Bad pricing will destroy this game. If gPotato does not move to correct this fast, Allods Online will never reach the heights of its potential. I've really enjoyed the game so far, but I will never spend a cent for it based on such inappropriate prices.
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