Last week, MMORPG.com interviewed BioWare’s Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer of SWTOR and Matthew Bromberg, Studio General Manager on some of the company’s plans and philosophies behind the move to free to play. In the interview, the duo were asked to discuss their plans for aggressive content updates and Cartel Coin items as well as some of the reasoning behind recent staffing adjustments. They were also asked about their outlook on the F2P MMO scene in general, and whether or not other games influenced this highly-debated business model switch.
Here’s an excerpt, regarding BioWare’s stance on “pay-to-win” items and if Cartel Coins (CC) can be used to buy anything that might be seen as headed down that path:
I asked the guys what sorts of stuff CC will buy, knowing just how terrified we all are of Pay-to-Win models, and they assured me they have been paying close attention to what’s okay business practice with RMT and what’s not. Essentially, Cartel Coins will buy a few things: actual in-game content (beyond the 1-50 experience that comes with the game now), vanity items, and convenience items (bank slots, bag slots, character slots, etc). There will be nothing you can buy with CC that will give you an advantage over other players in a competitive arena.
For players who might be worried about the future of Cartel Coin items, this bit of information and the full MMORPG.com article may provide some answers.