With the addition of the Black Market in Albion Onlilne is added the dropping of items created by players when performing PvE.
What is the Black Market?
The Black Market is the answer of Sandbox Interactive to be able to obtain items dropped by the mob but manufactured by the players.
A new NPC located in Caerleon, the center city of the Royal Continent and the only city connected to the Outlands will give us the option to sell you items and distribute them to various mobs, factions and chests of Albion. They, in turn, drop the items to the players of the world.
How Does The Black Market Buy The Items?
It is very important to know that the Black Market is not the typical merchant, since it does not have certain prices or infinite demand.
As long as a mob is killed, there is a possibility that an order will be generated on the Black Market. Once a certain number of active orders exist for an item, the Black Market will begin to increase the price of the item. This means that everything on the Black Market is directly connected with the actions of players in the open world.
If you dedicate to making equipment, you have the option to sell it directly to the Black Market, or alternatively create your own sales order. Once this is done, the Black Market will automatically buy the item when the price is the same as that of your sales order.
Where does the Black Market get the money to buy the items? The system is balancing in such a way that the orders that are generated always correspond to the percentage of silver left by the mobs. This ensures that the silver in the game remains stable. For example: If a mob normally drops 100 silver, we take 20% of the silver left to create an order in the Black Market, and the mobs will automatically leave 80 silver.
This means that, in effect, the Black Market is interacting with the players in the same way as the Markets managed by players.
How Do The Items Works?
When a mob is eliminated by a player and is supposed to drop an item, it will be searched in the Black Market deposit. If the item is not in the warehouse, a purchase order will be created on the Black Market. If the item is in the tank, the mob will leave an item.
An item can only fall if it is for sale in the Black Market. Once the item falls, the amount of its value is reduced by one.
The Black Market As An Item Sink
In Albion Online, gear does not last forever, and is lost quite often when performing PvP. In order to create a real treasure trove of low-level items, the Black Market NPC is quite corrupt. Being a dishonest guy, he tends to lose the items after having bought them from the players. It is especially corrupt when it comes to tier level items, keeping a percentage of it to itself and removing them from the game.
This basically cleans low-tier items from the game and allows for a constant demand for items.
Other Benefits Of The Black Market
One of the most important things that the Black Market brings to Albion Online is the power to increase the drop of objects in general. Previously, the fall of objects was very rare or nonexistent, since it was not wanted to interfere in the economy managed by the players. With the Black Market you can get a good amount of objects making PvE, without messing up the experience to the players who want to be craftsmen.
Secondly, the arrival of the Black Market means that the need for Refined Essences can be eliminated. Essences were originally introduced as a way to connect PvE activities and manufacturing, and it was an artificial remedy. As the Black Market now connects the PvE and the manufacture, surely the Essences of the refining will be removed for the current use. Essences will not be removed from the game, as they can be used to create Runes, but they will be given another purpose in the future.
Refined objects that drop the mobs and coffers are eliminated. Instead they will be replaced with the items created by the players.