As many of you are aware, during early closed beta we made the decision to not sell Gold separately from the Founders Packs. At the time, we wanted to “…see how players react with a very limited amount of gold/no gold at all. This serves the purpose of having a better understanding of the progression system while also having a better understanding of the free to play version of the game and player's progression if no gold can be spent.”
That being said, we’ve heard several players requesting the ability to purchase Gold. For those who have been patiently waiting to do so, you’ll be happy to know that we’re ready to move to the next step in testing the in game economy: understanding how you will progress through the game as a paying player. Starting with the new update, players will be able to purchase Gold packages of 2,500 with real currency. By selling Gold now, our goals are to better understand your spending habits, and what kind of an impact Gold has on player progression, and how we can provide the best value to you as a player. Of course there are other business related benefits to selling Gold now, but our primary goal is to make Total War: ARENA a great experience from all aspects.
But why not just give everyone more free Gold?
Well, the reality is that we as human beings tend to behave differently when we’re given something for free vs. when it has real monetary value to us. Knowing how players will spend in-game currency that has intrinsic value to them will help us in making decisions when it comes to aspects of our business model like pricing, what kind of special offers are appealing to you, and how much value you feel you’re getting out of your time with Total War: ARENA.
What about the wipe that’s going to happen before Closed Beta? Is the Gold I spend now gone?
You will be refunded all gold, both from the Founder’s Packs and purchased separately, when we reset progression.
I’m not in the Closed Beta. Can I purchase gold and have it waiting for me when I get access?
Unfortunately, no. Only players who currently have access to the closed beta test will be able to purchase Gold for Total War: ARENA.
Is gold purchased for Total War: ARENA shared with my World of Tanks, World of Warships, or World of Warplanes accounts?
No, Gold purchased for Total War: ARENA is not shared between your other Wargaming game accounts.
Can I purchase Gold packages for another player as a gift?
At this time, you may only purchase Gold packages for yourself and your account.
Both the team at Creative Assembly and Wargaming are grateful for your feedback and participation in the Closed Beta. If you have any questions around this change and our decision to start selling Gold, feel free to ask them here in this thread. We’ll be checking in throughout the day.
Thanks and we’ll see you on the Battlefield!
The TWA Development and Publishing teams