The image above is taken directly from the Archeage official website and was posted on June 25th, 2014. Notice the line that says "10% discount on Marketplace purchases (available after launch)?" Many players did and used that discount as a way to seal their decision to become a monthly patron of the free-to-play MMORPG.
Fast forward to now, post launch, and many patrons are upset that this discount still hasn't been enabled. Yeah, maybe the wording on when the feature would be available is a little sloppy. "After launch" could certainly mean ANY time after launch of course, but most gamers just assumed this meant that the discount would not be available during the beta but would be a launch feature.
Obviously that isn't the case though as the lack of a discount to this day has caused a bit of a ruckus in the playerbase. What's Trion Worlds have to say about it?
"When we were initially deciding on the benefits for Patron status, one thing we really liked was the idea of a 10% Marketplace discount being a part of the package. We knew that the store functionality around doing so (percent discounts) was a stretch goal for the developer, and we saw this as a feature that would be added "after launch" which is how it's been described on the patron page. Unfortunately, that brief wording led many to believe we meant "at launch".
As such, we've been working with the developer to find a good answer for players in the interim, and continue working on it. Getting this resolved in the most generous way possible remains extremely important to us and in the spirit of transparency we'd rather confirm that we're still on it rather than go silent on the subject.
We are currently working with XLGAMES to come up with a solution to implement the 10% discount or an equivalent. We can't promise exactly how this bonus for Patrons will be implemented yet, but we can say it will be retroactive. This is an important topic to both Trion and XLGAMES and we won't let up till we have a solution."
It should also be noted that this discount is not advertised on the current official page for patron data and purchases.
Have you been looking for this discount, too? Does the answer satisfy you or does it sound like a bit of a "passing of the buck" so to speak? Let us know!
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Mike “Magicman” Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site’s current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.
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