Seriously, if you don’t read the Dev Tracker, you really really should. It is very awesome and it even talks about the lovely fix they are doing on the Phantom/Spymaster Changes :3 Plus even a chance to test the expansion! (if only I lived in Texas–I’d so sign up and hope 🙁 if only I could do it from NY~)
But yes, this entry is more about this lovely excerpt:
Do you have a pre-set number of packs and items set up ahead of time for a certain period of time?
We develop a set of these packs (we call them a ‘Shipment’) at one time. Shipment 1 will have 4 packs associated with them (not counting the cheap pack), with one additional pack coming out before Rise of the Hutts. After that, a new shipment will come out, likely with a new name (instead of ‘Cartel Packs’, they will be ‘Contraband Packs’, for example).
Developing a shipment has a long lead time. Most of the art for shipment 2 is already complete, and we are currently in planning stages for shipment 3. This is not to say that we can’t slide things around, or pull something forward or get something in a hurry if we see a great idea or if something on the market really sells. But the capacity for this kind of movement is very limited.
We also want these packs to have a reasonable life post-removal. As a result, we philosophically resist actually adjusting the internal math of these packs (i.e. what’s in them, at what drop rate) after they’ve been released, so that the value of the packs is a known quantity. This is not to say we never would do so if there was a serious problem — but we really don’t want to. Short form: there likely will be a time in the future where the GTN is the ONLY place to buy a Skip Tracer’s Pack.
Essentially, this means 2 more packs are coming (Space Pirate being one of them) which will finish up the “Cartel Pack” set and at least 4-8 more 🙁
I mean, it’s good they are keeping the market updated…but god, it’s hard enough to catch up. I have 300K to my name now and that’s essentially my emergency fund. I still haven’t figured out how I plan to get a Flamehair Kowakian Monkey-lizard 🙁
This also does confirm (though, it was expected) that the packs will eventually discontinue.
If only the Cartel Market could be helpful without the gamble-boxes ._.