Black Gold’s business model is save or lose your rare loot

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Snail Game just announced a new kind of free-to-play model for the MMORPG Black Gold Online. While this new plan was announced for China only for the time being, it should also be expected in the North American version of the fantasy steampunk MMO.

You can play Black Gold and progress for a few hours, collecting different loot and all that jazz. So, what’s the catch? Well, your high level loot isn’t exactly yours – it will go to a save file and then you’ll decide if you want to keep the items (rare materials or high level equipment) or discard them entirely. You save your loot by using in-game gold, bought with real-life cash. You’ll be able to purchase the last one, two, four or six hours of loot, as well as using a system called “try your luck” to lower the cost of the save through some sort of gamble.

Things like experience and PvP rank will remain even if the player decides not to keep the save, so all is not lost.

What is your opinion on this new kind of monetization model?

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  • Kechbat

    So it will be a Pay To win ?

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    • freemmostation

      Sadly, looks like it.

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  • Xaal

    I was going to play this game, but if they’re pulling this kind of thing then no way. Pay to Win is not for Me to Play

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    • freemmostation

      They seem to be getting some strong negative feedback so I wouldn’t be surprised if they had to rethink the payment model 😐

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  • Zrag

    It makes no sense, I think nobody gonna play that way… I… understand that sometimes u can pay to get “benefits” respect the others, the companies must to win some money, but this game gonna be just pay to win 100%, if u dont pay ur work is for nothing, so I think no-one gonna waste their time here…

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    • freemmostation

      I strongly believe publishers have to look for other ways to monetize free games, but I doubt this will be the best way. Sadly, what this looks like is that players with large wallets will pay for the rare items while others who can pay little to none will be left with the average items and armor. Meaning an uneven and most likely unfair game :(

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  • bigmike84

    this is one of the worst and most greedy business models i have seen for a F2P game. i will not be playing this game.

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    • freemmostation

      The way it’s going, it seems they will lose a lot of players even before the game is released. 😐

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