I want to give you all an update on where we are at with the regionally-inspired skin.
Back in 2013 when the server first opened there was a history of offering a regionally-inspired skin as part of a server launch. We had some discussions with the skins team to do this for Oceania, but it soon became clear this would take a long time and we didn't want to hold up the launch, so we unlocked Pool Party Ziggs as a bonus for coming over to the new OCE server.
We messed up soon after that by saying that a server skin would also come out.
We went through an exhaustive process of coming up with ideas internally and reading every single boards/Reddit/social media post we could find. These ideas were then workshopped and taken through the standard skins criteria.
What made this process so challenging was trying to come up with an idea that represents all of Oceania, while also making sure it resonates with players no matter where they live. Themes like Dropbears, Ned Kelly, Kangaroos, Kiwis, and hundreds of others were where we went initially (we even started concepting on some of these). But the issue is that it would really only represent one of the countries that make up OCE and we needed something that represented everything. This took way too long and that sux.
There was also an expectation that this skin would be available for free. We really should have clarified this earlier for everyone. Because we already offered a free Pool Party Ziggs for everyone who transferred before 13 July 2013, we’re not going to unlock another free skin.
What will be happening is the regionally inspired skin will be discounted to 50% off only in OCE with all funds raised in the first two weeks from OCE going to charity. The type of charity will be chosen by a vote and be between:
* Animal Rights
* Humanitarian Relief Efforts
* Medical Services/Research
There will be more information about this process in upcoming posts after the skin hits PBE, but we wanted to share this news with you now.
If you have any questions about any of this please ask them below.