Character SlotsJuly 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 33 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
Character slots will likely be on sale in the item shop of Guild Wars 2. If it has not been confirmed specifically (I can’t recall) it is a likely scenario. Arenanet has said in the past that much of what they offer in the NCSoft Store will make the transition to the sequel.
Bearing that in mind, the question for many has been how many character slots will Guild Wars 2 provide to players?
I’ve always thought that since the business model for the sequel is similar to the original there would have to be a similar amount of character slots. With the original Guild Wars we got 4 character slots with 2 added for both Factions and Nightfall, and I believe 1 for pre-ordering Nightfall.
You can supplement your 8 or 9 slots by purchasing new ones through the store for about 10 bucks.
It’s funny actually, because I’ve played many games and few restrict the number of character slots. A lot of people I’m sure might even feel revolted that they can’t make as many character slots as they wish. We’ve been spoiled by other games to expect loads of character slots.
It’s kind of a unique problem to this specific game. On the one hand Arenanet needs to make money, on the other hand most games give you plenty of room to experiment.
Here is what I figure. I think that there will likely be 5 character slots. One for each race. Guild Wars opened with 4 slots and 6 professions, so it isn’t an unprecedented move by Arenanet. They also seem a bit fixated on 5, as there are 5 races and 5 man groups.
Many might suggest that with 5 races and 8 profession there are 40 combinations, so of course we need more than 5 but I think to an extent that is just wishful thinking. Arenanet might be generous and offer us more than 5, but I doubt they will offer us 8.
Simply put that eliminates the need to buy extra character slots. With their main business plan being “buy the box, play forever”, they really need to ensure that their supplementary income, especially long term, has a solid foundation. Therefore putting a limit on character slots seems a likely scenario.
Don’t get me wrong I’d love it if we got more, I’m just not counting on it.
So to sum up, how many character slots do I want? Infinite. How many character slots do I expect? 5 or 6.
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