Making major changes to how a free-to-play game’s cash shop operates is always going to be a controversial move. Usually there’s some good and some bad with any change, and that seems to be the case with Nexon’s latest move to make cash shop items in Riders of Icarus available to more players.
As of yesterday’s patch, RoI players can now go to Ellora’s Shop and purchase items from the NX Plus tab. As long as those items aren’t bound to a character, they can then be resold on the game’s auction house, essentially letting players exchange real money for in-game currency and letting players who don’t want to spend real money purchase items from the cash shop for in-game currency. Simple, right?
Well, not so much. Items under the NX Plus tab can only be purchased with NX Prepaid, which is different from the other real-money currency, NX Credit. And unlike NX Credit — which you can purchase using Paypal or Visa — the payment options for NX Prepaid are Karma Koin, NX Game Cards, Epin, Xsolla, and PaySafeCard. Got any of those? Me neither. Maybe you’ll have better luck finding a Karma Koin retailer near you than I did; my nearest is a bunch of Wal-marts about 150 miles away in Oklahoma.
Toss in the usual cries of “pay-to-win” and you’ve got something that suits some people while angering others. But as I said at the start, that’s usually the way things go with any F2P cash shop changes. What do you think of the move?