AHAHAHAHAHA that's possibly one of the funniest things I have ever read in my life. You guys aren't even trying to pretend you want this game to remain free to play.
You don't make enough money from the rest of the items you have in the item mall, so you take out in-game items and sell those instead. I already thought you were going to be moving towards this. Vanity sets were rewards for a quest, but then were ap only. LVl 61 helmets were a reward for a quest, but then those are ap only now. Be done with it and take out all quest rewards from this game. In fact take all npc merchant items and drops out and make us buy with ap.
Or that a step too far huh? Lose too many players when you officially make this game Pay-to-Play? But then you'd have those precious few ap spenders paying your wages so it's all fine.
PM's, everyone knows the problems we have with Shaiya are all down to your meddling with what the developers designed. Well congratulations, I'm looking forward to the fall out from this. It should make entertaining reading. In my opinion you guys are not hated enough. People believe a new PM will make it all better, then a month down the line, you make decisions like this. Well lmao.
Face it, decisions your predecessor PM's made harmed Shaiya, and instead of fixing their mistakes, you make new ones of your own.
Player retention an issue? Getting more new players to start playing and stay a problem? Getting the players of Shaiya to pay your wages a quandary? Simple: Stop messing with the game. The developers have qualifications, get paid, and spend years designing a game. They would not release it if it didn't work, if they didn't think people wouldn't enjoy playing. Maybe you should trust their judgment and leave things as they are. Leave the game something players want to stay playing, and after a while, throw in some money when they've fallen in love with the game. I don't know what your qualifications are, or how you evaluate your player base, but at the moment, all of that seems very sadly lacking haha. Maybe actually show the negative feedback to your bosses, instead of just trying to lick their boots and get them more money, which in the long term won't work with the ideas you have been coming out with.
GL with 'moving away from having gear's as ap items'. Either you'll change your mind very quickly and come to your senses with this and leave the game as the developers designed. Or you keep it as it is: you will have lost so many players who will move onto games which actually are Free-to-Play, that the few you keep who didn't mind spending ap, you will be dependent on.
Makes me laugh when I read replies in this topic that players won't even be buying the new gears and would rather keep their lvl 70 stuff. Score for you PM's!
Once upon a time I wondered whether I should throw some money into this game like I would for any game I buy from stores. I thank every day that I have not wasted a single cent of my own money on this farce.