A huge thanks to @ZOS_JessicaFolsom
For answering my question on ESO Live this past week. For those of you who haven't caught the episode, you can watch it here: ESO LIVE 05/22/2015
The question I had asked was:
I would like to be able to buy Crown Store items from special tabs from in-game merchants. I would like to visit the blacksmith to buy a set of armor costumes or visit the stable to buy mounts. It would add a bit of immersion and things like mounts could be visually advertised at the stables. Has there been any discussion along these lines?
And the answer received was:
So, we have actually discussed adding the option to buy Crown Store items outside of the Crown Store itself, although we want to be careful that we're not being too pushy with our Crown Store items. We also want to make sure we're not confusing or misleading which items cost gold and which ones cost crowns, and you end up buying something you did not intend to purchase. So for the time being, Crown Store items will be kept in the Crown Store UI.
This is a very reasonable answer to the request and I completely understand the need to ensure players not be confused when buying Crown Store items. Since this was not given an answer of "never" I hoped I could throw my two cents into the discussion.
By visually representing Crown Store mounts at the stable, and costumes on NPCs around Merchants, I believe more players will be enticed into buying Crown Store items. Seeing the item in game will allow players to visually inspect the item prior to purchase, and can be a great benefit to the Crown Store system.
The easiest of these to use as a demonstration, is the Stable.
If mounts other than Horses (limited or otherwise) were to stand, sit, and generally mull around stables players would be treated to a more dynamic and lively shopping experience. This would draw players passing by into the store and create additional reasons to visit a stable. There's nothing more enticing than something new!
When the player speaks with the Merchant, the merchant would act in the exact same manner it does now, with the exception of players having access to a Crown Store TAB
. It is imperative that the Crown Store items be segregated from the Gold Purchase items for the exact reason mentioned, to ensure that players understand that Crown Store items are different from Gold items.
The Crown Store Tab would show how many Crowns the player has left, instead of how much gold they have left. ALL Crown Store items that would be associated with that merchant would be in this tab. So, Crown Store Riding Lessons would be purchasable from this menu as well as Crown Store Mounts, and if my Advanced Tangible Concept
is ever implemented, Mount Equipment would be in the same Crown Store tab of the Stable Merchant.
This would create a separate method for displaying Crown Store items by functional category and not item category. Selling Crown Repair Kits next to Armor Costumes may inform some players of the existence of the Crown Store Repair Kits who might of otherwise never known that was an option for them.
Oh, and it's important to note that this would NOT
replace the crown store in any way. It would simply be another way to buy the Crown Store items.
One additional method of safeguarding players against mistaken purchases is to have a confirmation prompt when a player tries to purchase a Crown Store item from a Merchant.
Using these methods, I believe that any player that visits the Crown Store section of a merchant, and purchases an item from that tab, will be fully and completely aware that the item they are purchasing is being purchased for Crowns and not Gold. Then ZOS could reap the benefits of having in-game representation of the Crown Store and we could get our immersion boost.
Hopefully the next time this is considered, this player's notes can be included in the discussion. Thanks!
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