I'm getting a sinking feeling about this game as more things are added to the cash shop and more information about the game is released by Trion. The latest things being the changes to labor pots and the addition of archeum chests you can purchase.
First, the chests. These are now the most reliable source of Archeum in the game. They increased the drop rate of a single type of archeum (sunlight) while keeping the others stable. Scapes' response to the backlash about this is not comforting at all. Essentially Scapes says that XL Games "didn't have enough data" on the other types of archeum so they weren't comfortable altering drop rates and says that the "Archeum Supply Crate" wasn't designed to be the primary source of Archeum even though it gives the best drop rates. This is a crappy change, but the labor pot change is far worse.
Labor pots now costs 1/2 as much but are able to be used every 4 hours instead of every 12 hours (per character that is). This is ridiculous. The stated reason for doing this is:
"In follow-up Closed Beta surveys, the second most desired source of labor enhancement (85% of people) was "more labor potions on the Auction House". At current rate of labor potion consumption, it's expected that the game’s economy will remain healthy with slightly more in play as well. We're exploring this combination of findings by testing a new cooldown and price in a transparent test to see if this incentivizes more Auction House resale behavior of labor potions for in-game currency, causing more labor to flow through the economy to more people."
Which is complete BS as far as I can tell. First, they triple the demand for the potions while only halving the cost (if you increase the demand more than the supply, prices go up not down like they are saying). Now, instead of being able to get 5,760 (20 labor every 5 mins while logged in) during alpha with 8,000 possible labor from pots a day, you get 2,880 (10 labor every 5 mins while logged in) with 24,000 possible labor from pots a day. This is insane and makes leveling skills extremely trivial if you have the pots (1 labor = 1 skill point so it will take only 2 days to get a skill to 50k if you have the mats/time).
However, Scapes also says that there was a poll where 85% of people said this is what they wanted. As far as I (or anyone else can tell), there is no indication of that poll ever being held.
I've had a ton of fun with Archeage. I enjoyed the Alpha immensly. But it seems to be turning into a sub game where I will also be pressured to purchase things from the cash shop. Honestly, subbing in SWTOR was a better deal than it is in Archeage at this point.
I will see you all at launch, and will play and get to max level again. But any more of these changes/additions to the cash shop and I can't see myself continuing to play for as long as I had hoped.
Was anyone here polled about the labor pot changes?