What we know so far about the Neverwinter currency
Details are now trickling in on the currency system for Neverwinter, the D&D-inspired mmorpg from developer Cryptic Studios. Based on beta previews,
Neverwinter will have a cash shop currency called Zen, a gear and auction house currency called Astral Diamonds, on top of the standard gold currency
for buying NPC vendor items.
Neverwinter also seems to have a fairly fluid currency system, meaning players will be able to purchase certain currency and exchange them for
For instance, Zen can be purchased and then converted to Astral Diamonds. â€śYou can buy Zen from the Neverwinter site and use it to buy items in the
Zen store or trade for Astral Diamonds, which can be used in the auction house,â€ť confirmed Massively.com senior editor Shawn Schuster after playing
in the beta.
â€śCurrency is interesting and reminds me a bit of Guild Wars 2,â€ť he added, referring to a similar system in the ArenaNet title where players could
buy Gems and use the Gems to purchase at the cash shop or to trade them in for gold.
Zen is the same cash shop currency used across all games under publisher Perfect World. Cash shop items typically sold in Perfect World games include
cosmetic enhancements, accessories, in-game pets and mounts -- and will likely be the case for Neverwinter as well.
Astral Diamonds, meanwhile, can be obtained either through Zen conversion or through refinement of Rough Astral Diamonds found in the game.
Cryptic Studios CEO Jack Emmert further defined Astral Diamonds as a type of currency used in-game to purchase gear and to bid in the auction house,
â€śAstral Diamonds are what we've dubbed a "time currency" (similar to Dilithium in Star Trek Online or Questionite in Champions Online).
Typically, a player can earn Astral Diamonds by doing certain types of quests and missions. And, usually, this content is time limited so a player can
only repeat this type of gameplay so often,â€ť said Emmert.
Those who want to begin their adventures with a fat stack of Astral Diamonds from the get-go can order the Neverwinter Starter Packs
. Only the two more expensive packs will receive free
Hero of the North Founderâ€™s Pack â€“ $200 â€“ 750,000 Astral Diamonds
Guardian of Neverwinter Pack - $560 â€“ 125,000 Astral Diamonds
Neverwinter Starter Kit - $20 â€“ 0 Astral Diamonds
Emmert assured fans who do not purchase the starter packs that they will not be gimped. â€śIsnâ€™t that pay to win? I need to buy one of these
"Starter Packs" to get the gear I want? No, no. Not at all -- that's the beauty of this system.â€ť
â€śIn-game, a player can earn Astral Diamonds from completing content (usually somewhat harder than normal quests, but not necessarily "1337"). No
one needs to purchase Astral Diamonds... Ever. Play as you'd like and get everything desirable that way.â€ť
Massively.comâ€™s Schuster also noted that there is a â€śnormal gold-based in-game currency for purchasing items from NPCs.â€ť We imagine this will be
earned through looting mobs and completing the normal missions. It is also possible that special missions will reward both gold and Astral
Glory and Tokens
Neverwinter will also make use of a Glory currency earned via PvP participation and can be spent on â€śspecial gear,â€ť said Massively.comâ€™s
He added that Ardent and Celestial tokens will be earned as players visit altars, and that â€śthese tokens can be used to purchase consumables and
collectibles that can be traded for high-end gear.â€ť