Notice ARX FAQ

They are abusing compulsive shoppers by obfuscating real costs, and skins now cost about 30% more than they used to before ARX.
At that time, Arx were presented as basically a rename from Frontier Points, with the added ability to be earn in game
Now we now that thing are a bit shadier than that.

More expensive paint jobs, lack of paint packages and prices all over the place makes it quite different than the initial presentation.
 
Fdev deserves to be paid for the work they do in maintaining this game and adding content. they are not EA-ing us with yearly season passes, nor are arx giving any pay to win items. if you could buy guardian weapons with arx instead of earning them like normal the frontier store would be a problem but this is them trying to pay their bills by selling you paintjobs. its just business and they are handling it pretty well i think. :)
 
Notice how the system is designed to require you to always have some ARX left over after a purchase. So you either order more to "use up" the excess, or you abandon the ARX you may have just paid real-world money for. I supposed you can always make it up by playing the game.

To be honest, I don't have a major problem with this. I bought their game years ago, and paid a moderate amount of an upgrade (Horizons) a couple of years back. I know game development is an expensive business, so this (entirely optional!) income stream helping keep ED in the air is fine by me. It's not like ED goes with P2W or monthly subscriptions..
 
Hello @refreshfr,

There is a cap of up to 400 ARX that you can earn each week. Any ARX earned in this period will be credited to your overall ARX balance, which can be spent there and then, or saved until a later date.

If you were to only earn 350 ARX in that week, it would not increase your weekly cap for the following week; you can only earn up to 400 ARX per week.
What you Frontier sneakily didn't explain clearly is a very painful (for us players) truth :
If you spend any earned ARX points the weekly cap will not reset:
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Of course, now that I am thinking of it, it shouldn't.
But I mean come on Frontier - I just spent my only one single & precious ARX hard-earned from hours of playing in your supposedly 35th Elite Anniversary so called "gift" Retro Thargoid holographic boblehead. And you didn't even make the gesture to reset my weekly cap? Holy Crap..
 
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Explorers need the Arx cap to roll-over.

I can see why it doesn't, because any exploits would become huge earners, but only getting 400 Arx after spending three months in the black earning peanuts is going to be a kick in the face. Even after December, and even if FCs get Cartographics (which they shouldn't IMO), not every explorer, probably not even most of them, will drag a carrier around with them.

Either the cap has to roll over, or the earnings from exploring must be balanced more toward the day-to-day work and not selling the data.

It should be easy enough to make the Arx happen day-to-day. Discovering new planets is not a cycleable activity. But if the Arx is going to remain concentrated in the data transaction, the cap must roll-over.
 
its already a gift. its free premium currency for playing the game. what you spend it on is your issue. and the phrase weekly cap pretty obviously implies that it resets every week.
They didn't offer me 1 ARX for free. I had to play to earn it. If they wanted to offer me the bobbleheah as agift it should either cost 0 ARX or 1 ARX but that specific ARX should have been credited to MY account for free i.e. no purchase requirement or no play time requirement. ONLY in that case I could justify counting it n the weekly cap. Otherwise it shouldn't have affected my weekly cap since it was a gift right?
Also you say wha I spend it on is my issue. Really? What can you buy with one ARX? Wha other option did I have?
 
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So I wonder if this update is increasing Frontier's income like they obviously hoped it would.
Well they've got £4.99 of my money that they wouldn't otherwise have had.

I've just had a couple of random thoughts.

"You don't hand over £5 to a shop keeper and then walk out without taking change."
No, but you might pre-pay your newspaper bill. You might put £20 behind the bar, rather than paying for each pint.

"These skins are expensive."
Seeing as how the reason I'm buying skins is to use them in screenshots, they're much cheaper than the commercial market for 3d skins.
Howabout $13 for a sweatshirt? https://www.daz3d.com/high-neck-sweatshirt-outfit-for-genesis-8-male-s
(That's only for use in producing a rendered image; using it in a game is another $50.)
 
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Well they've got £4.99 of my money that they wouldn't otherwise have had.
The present or absence of a STORE button in the station menu make no difference on whether or not I buy cosmetics, but it does annoy me. If anything it almost makes me want to not buy cosmetics in protest. As for Arx, I came from PS4 where we had Frontier Points, so this is nothing new to me, nor does it bother me.
 
"You don't hand over £5 to a shop keeper and then walk out without taking change."
No, but you might pre-pay your newspaper bill.
But you then get a regular newspaper each and every day or each and every weekend. You don't cherry pick. The situation with ED cosmetics and arx is more akin to buying a one-off magazine but having to pay 1.5x the cover price, in case the next time you fancy a magazine you can pay 1.5x the cover price again and hope that there's a third one you also like so you can spend the balance.

You might put £20 behind the bar, rather than paying for each pint.
And if you decide that you've had enough of that bar and never intend to go back, does the publican get to keep what's left? Because I'm reasonably sure there's no documented mechanism by which FD can give you a refund on unspent arx**.

(Not trying to have a go, just pointing out the potential pitfalls of relying on analogies. Even though we all do it).


*Numbers may have been exaggerated for easier maths.

**Although to be fair to FD, if you asked them to permanently delete your account I reckon
there's a good chance they would do this. It's one of the paradoxes of this company. At
times the profit-focused tail seems to be well and truly wagging the dog, yet when it comes
to one-on-one customer service their support team often goes above and beyond.
 
But you then get a regular newspaper each and every day or each and every weekend. You don't cherry pick. The situation with ED cosmetics and arx is more akin to buying a one-off magazine but having to pay 1.5x the cover price, in case the next time you fancy a magazine you can pay 1.5x the cover price again and hope that there's a third one you also like so you can spend the balance.


And if you decide that you've had enough of that bar and never intend to go back, does the publican get to keep what's left? Because I'm reasonably sure there's no documented mechanism by which FD can give you a refund on unspent arx**.

(Not trying to have a go, just pointing out the potential pitfalls of relying on analogies. Even though we all do it).


*Numbers may have been exaggerated for easier maths.

**Although to be fair to FD, if you asked them to permanently delete your account I reckon
there's a good chance they would do this. It's one of the paradoxes of this company. At
times the profit-focused tail seems to be well and truly wagging the dog, yet when it comes
to one-on-one customer service their support team often goes above and beyond.
+1 for the footnotery :)
 
And if you decide that you've had enough of that bar and never intend to go back, does the publican get to keep what's left? Because I'm reasonably sure there's no documented
My planned rebuff is "and when has anyone ever stopped drinking until the money is all gone?"

But yes, fair points; they're not perfect analogies.
 
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