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Mar082017

Players Can Buy Star Wars: The Old Republic Platinum Lightsaber for Around $60

By Jeff Francis
BioWare selling SWTOR platinum lightsaber

One thing that many mmo players rage about is games going pay-to-win or selling rare in-game items for cold, hard cash. Of course, the lines for this action can be blurry in this era of lockboxes, or in the case of Star Wars: The Old Republic, cartel packs. BioWare has posted details on how players can now purchase a Star Wars: The Old Republic platinum lightsaber, specifically the Unstable Arbiter's Lightsaber, for 7,600 Cartel Coins, which equates to around $60.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Unstable Arbiter's Lightsaber

The developers have taken the steps of fully explaining their actions in selling the Star Wars: The Old Republic platinum lightsaber. In a post, they answer the questions on why they are offering the Unstable Arbiter's Lightsaber for sale and the rationale for the price. They write:

Why put up a platinum item for direct sale?
Since the introduction of Cartel Market packs we have had requests to allow more items, especially our rarest items, to be bought directly with Cartel Coins. The desire is to pay for the item and avoid the random nature of Cartel packs. For some time now, we have been direct selling more Cartel pack items and our data shows it’s a popular method of acquiring specific items from the Cartel Market. Yet, we have been cautious of doing this with Platinum items, as these items are intended to be exceptionally rare and we need to ensure we do not cause them to be undervalued, especially for players who got them from packs.

Why the price of 7,600 Cartel Coins?
It’s a lot of Cartel Coins, but this sale is directed at those players who have the resources to acquire the item. The price is set higher than current Hypercrates and previous Gold rarity items to help maintain the rarity of the Unstable Saber. We may discover that direct selling Platinum items erodes their value, and that will have an impact on how we handle these sales in the future. Basically, this is a test and we wanted you to be aware of what we are doing and why.

The net result for us is we want to see if this is something our players have interest in. While ensuring it doesn’t undermine the value for players who already have one and see how receptive everyone will be to us continuing to rotate other Platinum items into the Cartel Market in the future. More than likely, we would not direct sale Platinum items until they’ve been unavailable from Cartel Packs for a number of months. This will also help maintain their rarity for a fairly long time.

Judging from comments, player reaction to BioWare selling the Star Wars: The Old Republic platinum lightsaber has been mixed. Some are up in arms, claiming that the purity of grinding for items has been impugned, while others say that being able to buy an item from an mmorpg cash shop is far, far cheaper than buying lots of random lockboxes or packs and not getting the wanted item. Of course, other players are saying that this is nothing but a bunch of hot air being spewed about as the Unstable Arbiter's Lightsaber is really just a cosmetic item.

What are your thoughts on BioWare selling the SWTOR platinum lightsaber for 7,600 Cartel Coins? Let us know in the comments below.

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