I've been playing for a few days now (quite intensively) and there's a lot of things I really like about BDO, but I also have some nagging concerns. Maybe they can be alleviated? I know this has been mentioned a million times, and I'm probably going to generate a lot of toxicity for this, but the monetization in this game.. oh boy. Also want to point out that this is just an opinion - people have different preferences and that's fine. That being said I actually like supporting developers that makes games I enjoy. I fully understand that everyone has to eat and micro transactions don't really bother me. However with BDO it's so apparent that the general design rule is to throw inconveniences at you that can only be solved with money. In order to open up all the inventory slots for one character I have to shell out roughly €108. That price tag does not give me access to content or features. It's just squares holding pixels. For that price I could subscribe to another MMO for seven months (!) and gain access to the entire game. Just for comparison. And that's not even taking into account what storage space would cost or lodging for workers. Not to mention cosmetic items, weight expansion and pets. I find it hard to justify spending that much money on things that should at least be relatively cheap or at a minimum account bound. It's just not a fair deal. Couple all this with no true end game and no real way to buy these things with in-game currency, I'm struggling to find the motivation to play this. I don't enjoy buying progress at a cash shop. I want to earn it by playing. Is there any way to get around this or do I just have to accept the fact that I will be forever gimped because I think the Pearl Shop in its current state is basically just a ploy to lure players into spending real cash? BDO has a lot going for it, but the general reputation of PA and the absurdly overpriced items makes me very skeptical as to whether I should invest any money and time in this.