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Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.[1]

There is going to be legendary cosmetics that can be earned and achieved in the game through the game systems, but that's going to take a significant amount of effort and work; and those cosmetics are going to be on-par with the cosmetics offered in the marketplace... What that does is it provides additional revenue to the company so that we can continue to fund the development of content as well and bridge the divide that not having a box cost would have and not having any pay-to-win mechanics whatsoever.[2]Steven Sharif

The Cosmetic store enables players to purchase Cosmetics for use in Ashes of Creation.[3] The cosmetic store offers limited time, limited quantity items to help sustain game development.[4]

  • Equitable cosmetics, both from a quantity and quality standpoint, are achievable through in-game means.[4]
  • Nothing in the cosmetic store will be pay to win.[5]

Nothing in our shop will ever be pay to win as we believe this practice greatly hurts the MMORPG genre.[5]

  • Cash shop cosmetics will offer a diverse selection of unique looks.[6]

I want to incentivize purchase in the cosmetic shop for sustainability of what expansions we have intended, since we are not a box cost. I want to incentivize purchase by offering limited items: limited time, limited quantity, so you have confidence that when you purchase them, they won't be offered later on in some other way.[4]Steven Sharif

Providing these limited options that collectors out there like when it comes to achieving and/or purchasing cosmetics. It means something I think when players make that decision to purchase or they go through the rigorous portion of achieving those things in game that it is not just everywhere around them and becomes meaningless at that point.[7]Steven Sharif

Pets, Mounts, Costumes, Armor, Buildings and Accessories sold in the cosmetic store are skins.[8]

  • All cosmetic store items will be non-tradeable.[15] There will be no gifting mechanism for cosmetic items.[16]

I don't want cosmetic items that can be purchased from the market to be transferable... because it is in a way a transfer of money for potentially something in-game.[16]Steven Sharif

Cosmetics

Rime and Regal‎ pre-order pack cosmetics.[9]

We are very transparent in the business model of subscription with cosmetic only marketplace... I respect and understand the opinion of rather having a box price in-place of cosmetics, but that is not the direction I’ve decided to take. After weighing the benefits to the game and its population, I believe a lower barrier to entry is healthier in the long run, and the steady content release and quality of the product will sustain the retention for subscription and in-turn provide a healthier content release strategy for Ashes.[17]Steven Sharif

Cosmetics provide a wide array of customization in Ashes of Creation.[18]

All skin cosmetic items are cosmetic items only and do not grant the user any other benefit. The lore text is flavor text, and background of the creatures and items in the world of Verra.[9]

  • Equitable cosmetics, both from a quantity and quality standpoint, are achievable through in-game means.[4] Cosmetics achievable in-game will be on-par, and in the case of legendary skins, even more elaborate than shop items.[19][2][17]

I want to make sure that equitable cosmetics both from a quantity and quality standpoint are achievable through in-game achievements. Time, effort should let you be happy with what you can accomplish.[4]Steven Sharif

In my opinion quality of cash shop cosmetics should be equal to in game achievable cosmetics, but offer a diverse selection of unique looks.[6]Steven Sharif

The most grand looking cosmetics will be from in-game achievment only.[20]Steven Sharif

From an armor standpoint, we cut armor sets up into many different pieces. These pieces can sometimes be used as part of other sets, that may include helmets, wrists, gloves etc. So while you will not see an achievable white version of the corvid castigator set in the game for example, you may see its shoulder piece used in another set, or its leggings, or wrist piece used in another set (not every piece as to form the whole set, but perhaps a couple pieces). This would be difficult to notice at first glance, due to the material, texture and color variation used, but this modular approach to content creation makes achieving a wide variety of looks achievable for an MMORPG of our size.[19]Steven Sharif

  • Cosmetics can be used by all races but there may be slight variations to make them work with the body builds of each race.[23][24]
  • There will not be mascot looking/furry cosmetics.[25]

It's important to remember, Ashes is a NO-BOX COST subscription only game, with an optional cosmetic marketplace. This achieves a few things from a monetization model. Having a lower barrier to entry for players to try the game when they don't have to fork out $60 for the box price is good, our box price is 0$. This also places an emphasis on the game's retention and our continual updates and content creation to keep players playing and staying subscribed (a put your money where your mouth is sort of philosophy for us as a company). It also means players don't have to spend $60 everytime there is an expansion.[19]Steven Sharif

Is there an answer that satisfies everyone? Nope. And that's ok. We are open and transparent with our philosophies and business model. You know what you are getting with Ashes and to me, given my experiences in other games, it is a nice breath of fresh air.[19]Steven Sharif

Obtaining cosmetics

Some cosmetics can be obtained in-game:[3]

Achievements may unlock some cosmetics.[3]

Not all cosmetics are obtainable through in-game means. These will be purchasable through the cosmetic store.[3]

Cash shop cosmetics will be limited in quantity, limited in time for purchase. They will be unique, but you will also have extremely difficult to gain cosmetics in game as well as unique cosmetics that look great and better... There will be a lot of cosmetics that are achievable in the game because that is a very fun aspect of MMO play.[26]Steven Sharif

Cosmetic binding

All cosmetic store items will be non-tradeable.[15]

Pre-order packs

Paragon's Vigil pre-order packs.[27]

Gleaming plate and amethyst banners meet beneath the cloudless sky, pride and honor made manifest. Great victories, whether diplomatic or on the battlefield, call for equally great celebrations - thus do the guard don their ceremonial armor. Riding out, they are met with a chorus of cheers, but this spectacle is more than mere fanfare. These ceremonies are instrumental in maintaining the morale of the citizenry. To know that stalwart heroes watch over them instills great hope, and helps to secure the happiness of those within the nation, as well as future victories without.[27]

Pre-order packs are available from the Cosmetic store.[1]

We offer cosmetics for players who wish to support the project early. The exclusive nature of the limited availability is something I think collectors value. If you buy cosmetics as an MMO player, I know I enjoyed if the cosmetic is rare and not every girl at the party is wearing the same dress. In addition, these cosmetics are used to populate the world through NPC variants and color/texture changes so their offering aligns with our production schedule. The good thing about these packs is they contain no P2W advantages and there is no box cost, so from a mechanics standpoint you do not need to buy them to excel in the game on launch. And also, there are comparable and subjectively more grand cosmetics achievable in game as well.[21]Steven Sharif

Cosmetic items

Cosmetic items allow players to customize their character in-game.[28]

  • Eye color.
  • Skin color.
  • Hair color.
  • Hairstyles.
  • Tattoos.
  • Scars.

Cosmetic items that produce in-game cosmetic effects will also be available.[29]

Dyes

Modular Cleric armor concept by Jeff Delierre and Keith Kovach.[30]

Dyes are a cosmetic item in Ashes of Creation.[3]

Dye usage

Dyes are one-time use items that apply a cosmetic color change on certain dyeable items.[32][33]

  • Only one dye can be used per dyeable items. A player is free do use different dyes on different dyeable items.[32]

The Kickstarter dyes are sets of unique colors that are not obtainable by players who did not participate in Crowdfunding. These dyes are not usable as normal dyes are. Instead they are used to override the color of another dye obtained in game.[34]

  • They are assigned to a character from a user's account management page.
  • They do not expire, so they may be used to continually override dye colors.
  • Once a dye has been overridden it becomes a bound dye to that character, so the colors cannot be sold for in-game benefit.
  • When an item is sold or transferred, color changes are reverted.

Armor appearance

Alpha-1 female plate armor 3D render.[35]

We want to be realistic with the application of particular types of armor, such as plate armor. In this regard for the different sexes there's a fine line that has to be drawn between accentuating the form of the sex as well as making it somewhat realistic and actually applicable to the environment.[35]Steven Sharif

Gear is intended to be realistic in appearance.[36][37]

  • There will not be "oversized" weapons.[38]
  • Armor will not be overly sexual in appearance.[37]

We're going for kind of a more realistic look; not necessarily realistic setting, but we want our characters to have weight and kind of feel like they're there.[36]Jeffrey Bard

I'm more of the mind that it wouldn't really serve a purpose to have bikini plate armor, just in like reality, if you're going to have armor, it should be protective. I think from a fashion statement is enjoyable for some people, but it's a kind of an immersive issue.[36]Steven Sharif

Gear will have appearance slots (Transmutation/Transmog/cosmetic slots) that are used to copy the appearance of an item (in some cases).[39][40]

  • There are rules when applying cosmetics to specific items, unlike costumes, which don't have level restrictions.[41]
  • Armor will take on a racial appearance.[42]
    • Cosmetics can be used by all races but there may be slight variations to make them work with the body builds of each race.[23]
  • Cosmetic slots can be toggled on or off by the player.[43]
    • A "default player appearance" may be automatically applied during sieges or other large scale battles to improve client-side performance.[44][45]

Players can change gear colors using dyes.[46][30]

Helmet display can be toggled on and off.[47]

  • Hair will likely be masked if helmet display is toggled on.[48]

Particle effects are used to denote the importance and rarity of some weapons.[49]

Weapons are able to be sheathed.[50]

Crafters are able to influence what their crafted items will look like.[51][52]

Attachments

Attachments are able to be unlocked as flair pieces to armor to create a customizable look.[53]

  • There will be hundreds of attachments available ranging from a small clasp to the front plate of a breast plate.[53]

Caravan cosmetics

Caravan skins ("Pimp my caravan") are available in the cash shop (cosmetic store).[54]

  • The skin changes the appearance of an in-game mount and in-game caravan that are hooked up to each other.[13][14]
  • The caravan and mount components of the skin are not able to be utilized separately.[13][14]

You'll need your own creature and caravan hooked up to each other, and then the caravan cosmetic skin goes over all of them to make it look like what's pictured. you're not able to split out separately that caravan mount skin, hence why you'd want the separate mount skin if you wanted to ride it independently.[13]Sarah Flanagan

List of cosmetics

External links

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Livestream, 25 July 2020 (1:53:46).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 cosmetics obtaining.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (58:29).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 kickstarter microtransactions.png
  6. 6.0 6.1 equitable-cosmetics-quote.png
  7. Livestream, 30 November 2020 (56:02).
  8. cosmetic skins.png
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Rime and Regal
  10. Livestream, 6 December 2018 (41:43).
  11. Livestream, 30 November 2020 (58:24).
  12. costumes-weapons-quote.png
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 toast-caravan-skins.png
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 margaret-caravan-skins.png
  15. 15.0 15.1 cash shop non tradable.jpg
  16. 16.0 16.1 Interview, 11 May 2018 (32:36).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Ashes of Creation Reddit - Heat and Harmony.
  18. Livestream, 8 May 2017 (48:52).
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7 steven-cosmetic-variants.png
  20. steven-grand-cosmetics.png
  21. 21.0 21.1 steven-cosmetics.png
  22. Livestream, 28 June 2019 (1:25:55).
  23. 23.0 23.1 margaret-gear-appearance.png
  24. Livestream, 26 June 2020 (1:42:55).
  25. Podcast, 15 November 2020 (49:02).
  26. Livestream, 9 July 2018 (55:20).
  27. 27.0 27.1 Ashes of Creation Store: January cosmetics.
  28. Livestream, 8 May 2017 (48:49).
  29. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (32:14).
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Livestream, 28 July 2017 (9:47).
  31. craftable dye.jpg
  32. 32.0 32.1 Livestream, 30 October 2020 (1:14:34).
  33. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (3:04).
  34. dyes.png
  35. 35.0 35.1 Livestream, 29 May 2020 (50:20).
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 Livestream, 26 May 2017 (19:51).
  37. 37.0 37.1 Reddit Q&A, 8 January 2019.
  38. oversized.jpg
  39. Interview, 24 August 2018 (5:28).
  40. Livestream, 17 November 2017 (22:33).
  41. Livestream, 30 November 2020 (57:50).
  42. Podcast, 4 August 2018 (53:43).
  43. Livestream, 9 February 2018 (50:29).
  44. Livestream, 25 July 2020 (54:10).
  45. Livestream, November 22 2019 (1:08:05).
  46. Livestream, 18 July 2017 (54:56).
  47. helmet.jpg
  48. Livestream, 30 October 2020 (1:13:22).
  49. Sparkly.jpg
  50. Livestream, 3 September 2017 (48:56).
  51. Livestream, 30 November 2020 (1:05:22).
  52. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (24:19).
  53. 53.0 53.1 Interview, 20 October 2018 (3:34:46).
  54. Pimp your caravan.jpg