First of all, the entire Dreadnought Team wants to apologize for the unexpected change to the Market prices. We did a very poor job communicating this change out prior to it's implementation and has caused a lot of understandable outrage we would like to clarify.
For those unaware, Officer Briefings (aka Perks) currently cost 250 GP in the Market. GP (GreyBox Points) we have deemed our "hard currency", or in-game currency that is primarily obtained by purchasing GP Packs through real money.
What we failed to communicate effectively before this update was there will be other methods of obtaining GP in Dreadnought. Currently the team has plans to include GP earnings as players reach milestones in progression, such as hitting Captain Rank 5, 15, 25, etc (this is just an example, not concrete numbers), and including GP rewards for completing select Contracts, essentially our "daily quests" system in the game. And more!
We also want to stress that Dreadnought is at the beginning of Closed Beta, and we plan to be at this stage of development for a while as we continue to improve the game based off our own internal plans and, more importantly, YOUR feedback. If we ever wanted to answer the question "could we have Officer Briefings cost GP?" this time would be really the only valid time to do so. As Dreadnought continues to be improved and refined over the coming months it becomes more solidified in what it is, and we become more focused-in from a design standpoint.
Both us and the community have yet to completely comprehend the entire crazy sausage that is Dreadnought, which is why we want to remain in Beta as we all figure it out fully. Officer Briefings decisions are one facet of a player's loadout. Combine that with abilities, ship class, ship size, weapon selection, even what Coatings and Hero Sets they have all factor in some way to how they interact on the battlefield. Now add nine more players making the same decisions. Now add player skill into the mix.
It's astonishing! There is so much that can determine the outcome of a match. And we are just now gathering enough data on all of these decisions to really find out what works. Is Officer Briefings bought for GP equating to a player purchasing wins? We aren't sure, and look forward to finding out so we can make the correct decisions for the game and everyone playing it.
This has also brought up a point about progression wipes we would like to clarify. There will be wipes in Closed Beta. There may be wipes in Open Beta. We want to avoid at all costs wipes once Dreadnought is live. When a wipe does happen, we will communicate it out well ahead of time, and you will not lose anything you have GP paid for. Founder's Packs and GP Packs are regranted to everyone who bought them. We are choosing to regrant the GP Packs and not the actual items you buy GP with because some players may want to make another decision with that currency. Maybe they tried out that Coating and want another one. Maybe we changed the prices of Decals so they cost less. We don't want your past purchases in the Market to be so locked in you feel any regret.
Lastly and most importantly is, we WANT your feedback The entire team loves it, both positive and negative. Dreadnought is a communication between us the devs and you the players. Our Commerce team is combing through the forums, reddit, and everywhere else as we speak taking everything in. So please, continue to tell us what you think of Dreadnought, and we will do our very best to communicate back to you.
This does come with the understanding on both sides of the dev process that games cost money to make. We want Dreadnought to be FUN! We love making it! And the only way we can do that is if we can keep the lights on. So what we want to ask everyone is, if not Officer Briefings what would you possibly spend a few bucks on? Our team is already getting the wheels of conversation spinning on Coatings that are free for all and having some cosmetic sexiness available through Daily Contracts. We're not looking to have players turn out their pockets and pay hand over fist to have fun blowing up bigass space ships, so let us know what we can do to make that market experience in Dreadnought more enjoyable for you!
Thank you, as always, for your time, patience, and understanding!
UPDATE: Thank you for the feedback, we are adding FP as an option for Officer Briefings now. You can find further clarification on this matter here.