Christmas Gifts

CCP has released its Christmas gift for 2011, and this time, it is allowing players to choose which gift to redeem.

Jester has an analysis of the estimated value of the various gift packs, saving me the trouble, however one gift stands out.

Neural Surgery

  • Attribute Remap

That’s a bold move, especially when you recall what happened last time the idea was floated. However, this is a bit different for one reason:

  1. It’s a gift

What I think will happen is that a large majority of players will select a neural remap, validating CCP’s hunch that, while players generally don’t like the concept of Pay-to-Win, they will happily accept Gifts of Win, and neural remaps are in high demand.

Then CCP will then use the code for the redemption-shop functionality to institute a Player Rewards system like RIFT and many other MMOs have. Same effect (pay CCP money, get delicious rewards) but without the distasteful connotations.

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