Version 1.19 Economy Rework
We're reformatting the Free Spin rewards and moving it into free shop offers, removing some Ruby rewards and changing the Battle Pass price.
In previous posts, we've detailed how we need to make adjustments to the Minion Masters Battle Pass system in order to ensure that the game isn't "too free", as well as to create a more sustainable game for us to continue to work on going forwards.
While the recent changes have proven favorable, it also began to highlight that we would need to make further changes to how the Economy of Minion Masters functions for us to achieve this goal, and to keep supporting the game we love. In particular, one of these necessary changes are to the income of Rubies a player receives.
Their inclusion in the natural economy of the game has been enjoyed by players for a long time, but as the game has aged they have also harmed the game's monetization to a significant extent by creating scenarios where players don't feel they have any "buying power" when it comes to Rubies. "Why spend money on the game's premium resource if it's so readily available just by playing the game?" is a sentiment we've seen echoed many times throughout the community, and it's something we've been able to measure the true impact of on Minion Masters. As such, it was apparent to us that they were the primary element about the in-game economy that had to be changed, and a lot of the reworks we will be discussing in this post come about as a result of this.
As always, our continued goal with Minion Masters, and top priority with these changes, is to ensure that the game remains "fair to play" for everyone, regardless of if you pay for access to new content or not. We're working to keep Minion Masters the most generous F2P game out there, and we don't want to start pinching people's wallets. New content should be available faster if you pay for it, but not be stronger than content you can earn for free. Cards should afford new opportunities - not advantages.
But to keep the game sustainable, we need some measure of control over the premium economy, which we are currently lacking.
Free Daily Resource Changes
The first step we're taking is to replace the "Free Spin" resource token you receive every day with a free Shop Offer instead. The main reason behind this is due to the ability to gain Rubies from the Free Spins, which is the resource we are looking to limit in how much you can earn with these changes.
If we simply removed the Rubies from the spin however, we also feel it wouldn't be very interesting for a player to use every day, so we're aiming to replace it with constant Free shop offers that allow us to potentially create more interesting daily rewards, like random copies of cards that might be more valuable to players than a small sum of Gold.
Level Up & Ranked Rewards
The larger source of Ruby income we're changing, however, is those that you receive from ranking up in 1v1, 2v2, and 2v2 Premade modes, as well as the large quantities you receive every 5 levels after Account Level 50.
These were by far the largest source of free Ruby income for players, and were the biggest contributing factor to the feeling of Ruby purchases being unnecessary for experienced players, while feeling somewhat unfair to players that weren't capable of reaching the higher ranks in each mode. They also made it feel somewhat mandatory to "grind out" Grand Master in all 3 modes each month, else you would miss out on a significant amount of free player income.
To put it into perspective, a player that reached Grand Master in every mode would earn 975 Rubies - If they earned 10 Profile Levels, they would be getting an extra 550. This meant the typical monthly Ruby income for this player was 1525 Rubies - enough to cover the price of the Battle Pass. If you were a player that could consistently achieve this every month, there was essentially no reason to ever pay for Rubies, and this had significantly hurt the sustainability of Minion Masters for a long time.
As such, our goal is to keep it a generous and rewarding track, but to separate it from the premium economy. These plans are subject to possible change, but in the interests of transparency we've detailed the alterations below:
|Stone||50 Shards||5 Copies of an Unknown Common Card|
|Bronze||75 Rubies||1000 Gold|
|Silver||1000 Gold||3 Copies of an Unknown Rare Card|
|Gold||75 Shards||2 Power Tokens|
|Platinum||1200 Gold||2 Copies of an Unknown Supreme Card|
|Diamond||100 Rubies||1500 Gold|
|Master||1500 Gold||2 Power Tokens|
|GM||150 Rubies||100 Rubies|
Profile Level Rewards
Note: These rewards repeat infinitely. The Level value is used for the purpose of clarity.
|51||1000 Gold||1000 Gold|
|52||1000 Gold||1000 Gold|
|54||1000 Gold||1000 Gold|
|55||200 Rubies||2 Power Tokens|
|56||1000 Gold||1000 Gold|
|57||1000 Gold||1000 Gold|
|58||2 Power Tokens||2 Power Tokens|
|59||1000 Gold||1000 Gold|
|60||350 Rubies||5 Copies of an Unknown Supreme Card|
Battle Pass Adjustments
With these changes in mind, we're also making the decision to make further adjustments to the Battle Pass to reflect the new economy.
- Price is now 1250 Rubies
- Contains 2 new cards each month
- One card will be in the Premium path only
- Existing customization is being added, as well as a refund feature
- 1 Legendary Skin
- 2 Avatars
- 2 Emotes
- Unlocking customization you already own will refund 20% of its Gold value.
- Still contains new Customization