We have another entry in the PLEX-like game item arena, this time for Darkfall. Aventurine has been busy revamping Darkfall: Unholy Wars… or Darkfall 2.0 or just Darkfall, since the original isn’t around anymore… with class overhaul, a cash shop, a presence on Steam, and a rework of the UI.
And with the latest update, Aventurine has joined the ranks of studios offering an in-game item worth subscription time that players can buy and then trade for the in-game currency. Called DUEL (Or as they style it, D.U.E.L, with three periods because… why?) it can be purchased with Selentine (is that the in-game currency or the cash shop currency?) and then used to wheel and deal with other players.
It will be interesting to hear how this works out.
As I have said often in the past, this sort of thing works in EVE Online because the in-game economy is not optional. If you play EVE, you have to buy in sooner or later or just stop playing. With the other games on the list… the economy is optional, which has always left me wondering if their economies could support such a scheme.
Unfortunately, I do not play any of the other games offering this sort of item, so I have to go by what other people are saying. CREDD seems to have been a good investment in WildStar if you got in early. Some Krono shows up on the market in EverQuest and EverQuest II, but seems to be more active on the Trade channel where it can be used for barter for specific things in addition to being traded for the in-game currency. And GRACE hasn’t been in Anarchy Online long enough for it to have settled down.
So I am left wondering if Darkfall has the critical mass of players and an active enough economy to make something like DUEL viable. I was interested to see that, despite its hardcore nature, Aventurine opted to make DUEL unlootable when you kill another player. No headline comedy. Of course, CCP started off with PLEX being stuck in stations, so maybe DUEL will change later.
And my final question is, what does DUEL stand for? That isn’t listed in the FAQ or the forum patch notes. They are clearly using it as a cute acronym.
PLEX stands for Pilot License EXtension
CREDD is the awkward Certificate of Research, Exploration, Destruction, and Development
GRACE is GRid Access Credit Extension
So what does DUEL stand for? Darkfall Unholy wars Extended Living?
I think SOE might have been smart to just go with a name rather than an acronym.
And one question past my final question; who will jump on the PLEX-like bandwagon next?