After analyzing numbers, there is no way they would ever part with an event weapon for $5.
Let’s take the following into account:
- During a fresh event, the weapon is on tier 3, which is 30+70+150 = 250. 250 gems sells for about $20 during most of the time. Flash sales can drive this lower, but let’s always take worst case scenario.
- There needs to be some sort of “newcomer tax”, something that makes veterans proud they’ve been with the game (and probably have spent money during their tenure). Something that also keeps people wanting to get these weapons when they’re new. If it ever gets cheaper to purchase something later than it does immediately, people will wait and revenue/sales goes down.
We can observe the cost of crafting an item in the soulforge now for a current item: 200 diamonds + 2 celestials + 2 sets of gems. For the Sunday dungeon deal, you can buy 150 diamonds for $5. So let’s round all of this up and say a new weapon is available for $10 that week, in this situation, you do not get any sigils for the event, which generally allow you to get rewards.
So a current weapon is about $10-20. How much should an old weapon cost? Probably somewhere around $30. What does this mean? It would probably be around 300-400 diamonds or so. Maybe crafting weapons could require a different reagent (other than diamonds). We already have ingots used to upgrade, so maybe “Krystarian Ore” or something thematic. Let this ore be purchased in the shop, or as a reward in events, delve rewards, tier purchases, etc
So my final question is what kind of ideas are the devs looking for? I’m genuinely interested in hearing (they can keep numbers to themselves), what they don’t like about the soulforge or these other mechanisms. In the Q&A they mentioned: “what if GOW goes on for 10 years?”. Well, they seem to be happy with the model for mythics they’ve released all this time being in the soulforge. It seems that this solution checks off all the boxes in what they’re looking for.