RockX released a new Developer Diary (of sorts) that is pretty short and to the point. In it he discusses the upcoming conversion of Seals to Medallions coming in Update 10. In case you were unaware, with the upcoming release of a new raid set all current seals will be converted into medallions at a rate of 1 seal to 20 medallions. Within the diary RockX explains the motives behind the conversion:
In order for a unified currency system to work, we could A) Have a cap on the top-tier currency, B) Have enormous inflation on costs or C) Convert the top-tier currency into the next step down on introducing new content. We feel the best option of the three is to convert the top-tier currency down whenever a new tier of content is introduced. It keeps prices of items manageable while still ensuring you’re not arbitrarily hitting a cap and losing out on your rewards. At the same time, this makes sure players are not immediately able to purchase the new best and brightest gear just based off the fact they spent time doing the older, easier content.
While some people may find that being unable to purchase the newest gear off-the-bat aggravating, from a game design point-of-view this seems to make a lot of sense. Plus since RockX also states that all items “..which were barter-able for Seals pre-Update 10 will either be converted to Medallion costs or have a Medallion-only barter option added,” I’m left feeling fairly satisfied with the change. How about you?