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Fans of Guild Wars are familiar with the “You buy it, you own it” payment structure Arena.net uses with the series. Players purchase the game as a one time fee, and that was it (no monthly fee required). Eventually players were introduced to micro-transactions that allowed them to purchase PvP packages to unlock skills and items, extra character slots, or missions packs. Guild Wars 2 appears to be adopting this same methodology with a slight twist; the method of currency used for micro-transactions will be available via in game currency (gold), or via real money transfer.
According to a blog post by Arena.net president Mike O’Brien, the closed beta period (of which invites have been sent out to already) will be testing micro-transactions. The idea is that Guild Wars 2 will support gold trading for gems (the currency used for micro-transactions), or allow real money transfer for gem purchases. Gems can also be traded for gold in game, allowing for the legitimate purchase of gold through real money trading.
Arena.net has stressed repeatedly that micro-transactions will not allow an unfair playing advantage to occur using micro-transactions, however the framework is not fully baked out. MMO-Mechanics will provide the most up to date information on Guild Wars 2 micro-transactions, and other new developments. Be sure to check back frequently!blog comments powered by Disqus