EVE Introduces a New Currency – Aurum

I wondered why the clothing selections seemed so sparse when I was creating my avatar with the new EVE Online character creator.

There will soon be a lot more clothing choices, and they will be for sale.

CCP will be introducing a new currency into the game, Aurum, which will be used to buy things from a new in-game store.

The current plan is for this store to sell vanity items only.  From the dev blog post:

There will be a store, and it will have all kinds of stuff for sale: clothes and accessories for your character, custom paint jobs or logo placement on your ships or a fishtank/stripper pole for your Captain’s Quarters. You’ll browse through the list of items available and, when you’re ready to make a purchase, you’ll use a new currency called Aurum (AUR).

You will use PLEX to buy this new currency.

But in the grand EVE tradition, anything purchased from the new store can be re-sold again on the open market for ISK, so you may be able to get your customizations that way, if you want them.  Or you can just buy PLEX on the market.  Either way, if you have the ISK, you won’t need to spend extra cash on this sort of thing.

But somebody will.  Somebody has to buy the PLEX first, though judging from the supply on the market last I checked, there seems to be ample volunteers.

The store will be showing up in a few months, and CCP promises to move slowly on adding items to judge what the impact on the economy will be.

What would you like to see in the EVE Online vanity store?

7 thoughts on “EVE Introduces a New Currency – Aurum

  1. Oxians

    I don’t care much for clothing options at the moment. That might change in the future when we get a chance to walk around in stations among other people.
    But I must admit that custom ship paint jobs would be very cool…
    And no, I wouldn’t spend any real money for it, but I don’t mind spending ISK through buying PLEX-es, which I already do to extend my subscription.

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  2. Nils

    I’d like to see empty space. Unfortunately, I fear CCP is not exercising a dirty joke, but actually try to increase their profit.

    Well, what’s funny is that they introduce a second (third?) currency. These people are so predictable.

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  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Nils – I am not sure CCP is as predictable as your post seems to conclude all F2P games are.

    One of their currencies (and you are correct, Aurum will make 3), PLEX, can be turned in for game time and can be purchased on the in-game market for the default currency ISK.

    If you play the game well and earn lots of ISK, say 400 million ISK in profit every 30 days, you can play the game without investing any real world money.

    So CCP will be in the odd position of having to ensure the stable value of one currency, PLEX, lest it swing too widely in price and suppress purchases. Fortunately, their game-wide economy is reasonably good at that, though large groups of players (Goons, Hulkageddon participants) can clearly influence it.

    I find EVE as a topic much more fascinating than EVE as a game, and all the more so because they give out data like their economic reports and they try new things like PLEX.

    PLEX was clearly an attempt at a solution to the black market currency sales problem. To simply work on the enforcement side leads to… well, we all saw the Chinese prison labor story. There is your evil.

    If you are sure the MMO devs are out to screw you, you should probably just walk away. You either enjoy the game and it is worth a certain price or it is not. We all love to rant about this stuff, me more than most, but in the end, you vote success for these products with your money. If you’re sure something evil, don’t vote for it.

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  4. Luk

    Eve is a game that I enjoy reading about and the numerous podcasts based on this game are full of interesting stories. Playing this game, on the other hand, is an exercise in futility, because it is so hard-core and requires so much time, that only Russian masochists or mindless gold farmers can get enough bang for their buck from playing this game day after day – 24/7. Awesome atmosphere and endless possibilities are constantly overshadowed by long boring activities and never ending grind, that’s what EvE Online is in a nutshell. This entire captain’s quarters and new cash shop currency adds nothing to improve the game’s flaws and probably will be just another ISK sink for those who have too much time and money on their hands.

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  5. evehermit

    Surprised CCP is allowing such items to be traded. Most games tie them to character or account, and many appearance kits are lost when you change them. I’d assume CCP would lose money on that decision. However, I love the idea of clothing, paint cans and station furniture dropping in wrecks. Can you imagine the hodgepodge collection of clothing your local pirate might end up wearing when walking around a station…

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