In parallel to a comprehensive content update, the developers of the free-to-play MMOs Warframe have exposed the Dropraten of various rewards. Which items and what opportunities and what missions are waving will be continuously documented. However, the step towards transparency required an impetus.
The now very long list of Dropraten is automatically generated from internal data and updated with every major patch. However, restrictions are set: Given the ” complexity ” of the game, the developer gives ” no guarantees “, “should not expect the data to be comprehensive “. In addition, the company reserves the right to cover new game mechanics in the list. Nevertheless, the data provided provides an insight into the design of the monetarization of a free-to-play game. Money earns digital extremes in this case by selling cosmetic items, but also the equipment that players can alternatively unlock or find in the game.
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According to the list, extremely rare items have a drop chance of 1.7 percent, legendary items are 0.4 percent, legendary equipment reaches only 0.09 percent – but this rarity is currently being revised. According to developers, the system is supposed to have a balance: “Gratisspieler” can unlock all items, paying players get access to new equipment via the premium currency Platinum. Platinum can also be traded in the game and does not necessarily have to be purchased by every player for Euros.
Almost voluntary pioneer
With this move, Digital Extremes takes a pioneering role, which is highlighted in the official announcement several times. However, the decision in favor of a more transparency was not taken out of the blue. DataMiner and the Void_Glitch repository, a data mining operation that had been running for years, with which the players themselves had identified Dropraten ,
Digital Extremes, however, justified the spontaneous change from the toleration of the project to legal steps, but the inadequate use of the information obtained by the mining. The company spoke of efforts to reverse engineering and fraudulent intentions such as counterfeiting, creating independent 3rd party servers, publishing internals and unfinished content – activities that were not made by users Void_Glitch. The goal is to “put a deliberate and selfish compromise of the game code for personal enrichment “, the company can not be dictated by the decision to publish information from ” individual individuals “.
We want to set a new standard of transparency with our community.
In the community, the approach did not come out of enthusiasm. The archive of Void_Glitch has been considered essential by users to understand the game, to uncover the developers’ flaws in Patchnotes and to understand how and where to find objects. The hunt for Kubrows, a kind of pet, is often given as an example. The best version of a Kubrow was not found in eggs in the game world, but only a special version of an ice cream bought for Platinum. There were no references to this particular feature. In view of a number of similar incidents, where droprates of new items were much lower than officially communicated immediately after publication, players see data mining as a necessary control, even if digital extremes were calling for bugs.
Droprating and rewards for missions was seen as a viable compromise in the community as a compensation for data mining. The proposal is followed by digital extremes quickly; The studio has, in view of the incite of massive annoyance, fled to the front and proved that it was actually the integrity of the game and not a nebulous action.
The result: satisfaction
The response to this step is expected to be positive and will ease the need of many players for information. More critical voices, however, note that the limitations made do not fully meet the promise of transparency, and the developer only anticipates an anticipated trend to regulate the market: China has already begun to demand the distribution of bootloot loot boxes by law. For Warframe the regulation has no meaning, since the title renounces boot boxes, but it points to increasing state attention for the free-to-play market at least in some countries. This development makes further regulations seem likely.