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Paragon Points clarifications

June 27, 2011

Paragon Studios has posted here in the City of Heroes forums some clarifications around Paragon Points that will be used with City of Heroes: Freedom, how these are earned and some price examples (subject to change though). Initial post also quoted here below:

Hello everyone!

Jesse “Ghost Falcon” Caceres here! As we read through all of your feedback and questions about our eventual transition to City of Heroes Freedom, we’ve definitely noticed that there are a lot of questions about what exactly are Paragon Points worth, and how much you’ll be able to buy with points in the new Paragon Market. Well, let’s talk for a few minutes about some of these questions:

Q: We’ve been told that all VIP players will receive 400 Paragon Points per month as part of their subscription. What exactly does this mean?

  • All VIP players will receive 400 Paragon Points per month as part of their VIP subscription. Currently, 400 Paragon Points is equal to $5.00 (USD).

Q: As a current subscriber to City of Heroes, I receive 400 Paragon Points per month starting on July 1st, 2011. What does this mean as we move towards City of Heroes Freedom?

  • From July 1st, 2011 until City of Heroes Freedom launch, *ALL* paying customers that have an active billing “day” within the month will receive 400 Paragon Points. (Please note Trial Accounts do not receive this benefit).

For example:

  • If you renew or start a regular game (non-Trial) account on July 1st, you will receive 400 Paragon Points for the month of July.
  • If you renew or start a regular game (non-Trial) account on July 31st, you will receive 400 Paragon Points for the month of July..
  • If your Subscription ends on July 2nd, and you choose to NOT reactivate your subscription, you will receive 400 Paragon Points for the month of July when City of Heroes: Freedom launches.
  • For the months following, as long as you have an active account during that “month” (i.e. August, September, etc), your account will be credited with 400 Paragon Points for each month leading up to City of Heroes Freedom Launch.

So I know that right now, 400 Paragon Points = $5.00 (USD) but what I don’t have an idea of is what exactly 400 Points can buy me.

As mentioned earlier, 400 Paragon Points is equivalent to $5.00 (US Dollars), and I’ve gone on record that 400 Paragon Points will allow players to buy a lot of “stuff”. I’ve listed a smattering of pricing examples below, including the new Signature Stories, that will hopefully give you a better sense of general Paragon Point values. Please note that these prices (and others in our Beta) are currently the *target* prices, and may change prior to City of Heroes: Freedom Launch.

Points * Dollar Equivalent * Item
20……….$0.25………………….Wizard Beard (From the Magic Pack)
40……….$0.50………………….Classic Steampunk Hat (From the Steampunk Pack)
40……….$0.50………………….Pop Dance Emote (From the Party Pack)
60……….$0.75………………….Bioluminesc ent Chest (From the Mutant Pack)
60……….$0.75………………….Wolf Head (From the Animal Pack)
60……….$0.75………………….Organic Armor Sword (From the Mutant Pack)
80……….$1.00………………….Smoke Bomb Costume Change Emote (From the Martial Arts Pack)
80……….$1.00………………….Wonderful Wind-Up Wings (From the Steampunk Pack)
80……….$1.00………………….Runes Aura (From the Origins Pack)
100……..$1.25………………….Technology Origin Cape (Impervium Mantle) – (From Origins Pack)
400……..$5.00………………….Complete Magic Costume Set (from the Magic Pack)
400……..$5.00………………….Signature Stories
(NOTE: VIPs GET SIGNATURE STORIES FOR FREE, AS PART OF VIP STATUS)
800……$10.00………………….Character Server Transfer Token
(NOTE: VIPs GET ONE TRANSFER TOKEN FREE PER MONTH)
800……$10.00………………….Character Respec
1600….$20.00………………….5 Character Slot Tokens

So let’s say I want to purchase more points than my monthly VIP allocation of 400. What different ways will I be able to purchase Paragon Points:

  • To cover both bases, I want to be sure to clarify the two ways players will be able to acquire Paragon Points:
    • The first is through VIP Subscription where VIP customers receive 400 free Paragon Points per month.
    • The second is through the in-game Store.
      • Points can be purchased in Paragon Point “bundles”.
      • The smallest bundle size will be $5.00 for 400 Paragon Points.
      • If a player buys Paragon Points in larger bundles, additional Bonus Points will be added to the bundle. At this time, the “Bonus Points” for the higher bundle purchases is still being determined.
      • There will be several payment options for players, including various credit cards and Paypal.

We are exploring additional options for purchasing Paragon Points, and will update you once those plans have been solidified and set in stone.

All costume unlocks are also account wide and same for signature stories as I understand it. The target is one signature story per month. Character transfers, respecs and character slots seems to be pretty much the same prices as now.

In a UStream broadcast they also stated that it is possible to try out all the costume pieces at the tailor before you buy them, but you cannot leave the tailor facilities until everything you wear has been paid for.

I would like to see character transfer prices and respecs a bit lower, but other than that it looks fairly ok to me.

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  1. Old Tom
    June 27, 2011 at 20:04

    What?! Only $.75 for a Wolf’s head? Don’t they know that real wolf’s head goes for as much as $60? They should learn from CCP just what’s possible and show their customer base who’s boss!

    ;-D

  2. June 27, 2011 at 21:28

    Those prices look pretty reasonable to me, save for the respecs and server transfers. I’d also like to see them sell single character slots, 1600 for five is a lot to spend at once. I really like the idea of being able to buy costume pieces either individually or in full packs.

  3. June 27, 2011 at 22:33

    Today you can buy single character slots, as well as packages of 2 or 5. I do not know the USD prices, but a single one here is 5 Euro, 2 are 9 Euro and 5 are 18 Euro.

    @Tom
    It is only a beta yet, they still have time to correct the prices 🙂

  4. June 30, 2011 at 11:45

    As subscriber you are going to collect more Paragon Points than you can ever spend. Everything seems included and you just end up piling up points. I guess it means all future costume packs will be “free”. I like that.

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