There has for a length of time been an increasing problem with a strong inflation in the games economy. We have previously taken various actions to reduce this problem but have unfortunately not achieved a satisfactory outcome. We have decided that further actions to ensure a stable economy has to be taken.
We have evaluated various solutions to this issue actively seeking the one that will improve the games economical balance without reducing the player’s enjoyment factor. In the end we agreed to remove the one source introducing by far the largest sum of money to the game. This option was a superior solution to alternatives of implementing an assortment of systems to siphon money out of the game. It is never ‘fun’ to remove rewards from players that they have already earned in some arbitrary fashion and that’s not a road I wanted to go down.
This is why we during Thursday’s downtime we will be removing all ingots as loot from all Shadowlands monsters. All existing ingots in the game have not been changed in any way and can still be sold as normal. All ingots used for tradeskill items found on Rubi-Ka have not been affected by this change.
This change was initially scheduled for a later patch. It was pushed forward due to the recently increasing problem with external parties looking for financial gain performing unwanted activities in Shadowlands. Their actions have lessened the normal player’s experience and enjoyment of Anarchy Online. We do not tolerate this behavior and we will actively fight their negative influence on the game experience.
We will keep a very close eye on the situations and will make any further adjustments if this is deemed necessary. We may provide other means of acquiring credits in a later content upgrade.