Fans of Guild Wars 2 are merrily celebrating the Wintersday content and ArenaNet is offering a smattering of new items for purchase in the gem store. There are festive weapon skins, holiday costumes, and winter-themed minis to acquire. Players can also purchase Wintersday mystery boxes, which have random goodies inside including a rare chance at some exclusive account bound mini pets.
During the Shadow of the Mad King patch in October, you could buy the mini pets directly and the rare weapon skins were placed inside of the RNG boxes. Is ArenaNet going to continue rotating which items are available outright and which ones require luck? Or are they merely experimenting and collecting data at this point and will eventually settle on the method that balances profit and player satisfaction?
It’s reasonable to assume that each person’s spending habits are different and having various methods of acquiring items can appeal to a broader population. Also, while randomness is typically frowned upon, you could argue that these mystery boxes increases the value and prestige of owning one of the rarer items. Having all minis or weapon skins available on the gem store cheapens them and makes them less desirable.
What kind of purchaser are you? Do you only buy if you know what you’re getting in advance or does the thrill of the mystery box make you reach for your wallet? Which method do you think brings in more money for ArenaNet? Let me know in the comments below!