2 Years of Waiting and it has finally arrived! Not to mention the prices are announced RIGHT BEFORE THE BIG UPDATE!
Appearance Change: 1000 Crowns Each
Race Change: 3000 Crowns Each
Name Change: 2500 Crowns Each
Hair styles: 200 Crowns Each
@ZOS_GinaBruno @ZOS_JessicaFolsom @ZOS_KaiSchober
For these prices some changes need to be made before you go live.
Race Changes do not include a name change.
Appearance change does not include a name change either.
This is a terrible design. Either it's a massive oversight or you are doing this on purpose as another cash-grab.
Here are reasons why this current design is bad. Let's look at these hypotheticals:
- Bill has an Argonian named like other Argonian npcs befitting nothing but an Argonian. Bill decides to race change to an Altmer. Name no longer fits. Now you have to pay for a name change along with the race change.
- Tom has a male Nord named Larry. Tom decides to get an appearance change to go female. Name no longer applies. Now Tom has to buy a name change alongside the appearance change she already purchased.
This to me screams of intentional rip off. Especially if the prices are kind of high (and they are). Keep in mind when you introduced the Banker and Merchant there were no notes in the description indicating you couldn't repair on the Merchant, use the guild bank on the Banker. Each cost 5k crowns. No refunds. Guess who bought both not knowing these little facts? Me.
Regarding the new character changes:
The 3 changes should be supersets of each other.
- Name change
- Name change + appearance change
- Name change + appearance change + race change
World of Warcraft managed to get this right. So did several other MMORPGs that are older. Are you really going to gouge us like this?
Why didn't they handle it like World of Warcraft?
(0): Hairstyle/Ornaments/Beards are in-game gold. - Even the same with Final Fantasy XIV's Aesthetician! Should've followed through with the original immersive plan!
(1): Name Change (500) Crowns
(2): Name Change + Appearance Change (750 Crowns)
(3): Name Change + Appearance Change + Race Change (1250 Crowns)
Edit: One of my biggest rants is that: lets tell a quick story.
I came from Final Fantasy XIV and I'm looking to come back. I buy 3 Fantasias (A.K.A. Race Change/Appearance Change) for $20.00 US. 3 Seperate times to completely design a whole new race for $20.00! I come back and lurk the forums because I heard that ZoS was introducing appearance change options.
Edit: I almost forgot (too upset) to display my opinion! I have several varying opinions but all will say: No I do not agree with the prices.
For one, I would be content with the prices if they came in bundles like @Xael
mentions in his above quote. Secondly, I believe ZenimaxOnline Studios will make more money selling these Tokens at a lowered cost because they would be more readily accessible (more people would be willing to buy it everyday) rather than having an inflated cost where only a couple will buy it every once in a while. I jumped on the ZoS hype train and I jumped off and landed in a pit of anger. I am not willing to buy Crowns TWICE to get one Name Change and one Race Change (5500 Crowns). These prices are attrocious and a huge slap to anyone that has vouched and waited for a way to get or buy a Race or Appearance Change or even a Name Change.
Not only that, I started Day 1 Early Release and I was there for the dreaded No Zoom In Bug while in Character Creation. Having to pay 1000 Crowns just to redo my fudged up 1st day Character is an insult by Zenimax (which they are also responsible for this bug) and for not keeping their promise of having an in-game barber that could be bought with gold is an even bigger insult. If we let ZoS get away with selling these Tokens at this price we may as well have spent money for the "costume" they called Breton Hero.
Edit: So I learned that they are introducing a Race/Appearance and Name Change bundle for 3500 Crowns - $40.00. My problemis that it is only 1 Charge. Final Fantasy spoiled me with 3 Race/Appearance for $20.00 and an infinite amount In-Game Gold Barber shop system. I can get 1 Name Change and 3 Race Changes with $40.00, so I feel that this is a cash scam for those that rolled perfectly viable races in 1.0-1.5 that turned to cash-grab Crown Store 1.6 where your race determined your class -Argonians, Bretons, Nords, Imperial i'm looking at you.