Despite the strong community criticism, Riot is adamant about keeping the Gacha System for Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin.
Riot Games has gotten into yet another controversy with the reveal of their new Gacha System.
With the latest PBE update, Riot revealed the skins coming with Patch 13.17. In the Patch, we will be seeing the return of the Cosmic skin line along with four brand new Cosmic skins. In addition, Riot also revealed Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin.
At first glance, Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin seemed like yet another Mythic Chroma. Riot, however, stated that this would not be the case and that it would be categorized as a standalone skin. That alone would not be a problem, as Riot has been doing it on the Chinese server for a while. The problem arose when Riot revealed the process of obtaining the skin.
To obtain the skin, players are required to open Cosmic Erasure 2023 Capsules. With each capsule having a 1% chance of dropping Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin, getting the skin is pretty much impossible without phenomenal luck.
However, Riot made Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin a guaranteed reward for opening 30 Dark Cosmic Erasure 2023 Capsules. With each capsule costing 750 RP, it would require an absurd 22500 RP to get the chroma. So, essentially it’s a 200$ skin.
Riot’s decision to create what is essentially a Gacha System was not liked by players. It was almost universally panned and created a ton of backlash for Riot.
Nonetheless, despite the reaction, it appears Riot intends to keep the system. Riot also has published an article outlining why it was adopted and why they believe the $200 chroma is justified.
Riot’s Response to Gacha System Backlash
Riot Brightmoon, the League of Legends Executive Producer, responded to the community backlash in a recent post. According to him, the skin’s main objective is to provide players with more rare and exclusive material.
Over the years, Riot has created many exclusive content, such as Prestige Skins, Mythic Chromas, etc. However, as time passed, Riot added features like end-of-year Prestige Shop and Prestige Points to Event Passes, thereby making Prestige skins less exclusive. As a result, many players have requested additional exclusive content, which is why Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin was created.
So, what Riot is essentially saying is that this skin was made for Whales that spend an absurd amount of money on the game. Also, Riot has no intention of changing the Gacha System. Moreover, depending on how many people buy it, we might get these sorts of skins in the future.
This is indeed a problem for the community, and we hope that Riot listens to their player base instead of making rash decisions.