In Call of Duty WII if you open a loot box (a P2W item of course), everyone around you can watch it. Hell, there is a literal quest to watch other players open P2W crates and you get a free crate.
I’m struggling to see what did they want with this. P2W was meant to be hidden, not put out and pointed at. Imagine if gold ammo in WoT would have a different color explosion and leave a visible tracer for everyone to see that it was used. I doubt if it would be too popular. Update: it does have different color! As I’ve said, what bizarre troll I make up will come true as “advancement in monetization”.
Did the devs assumed that the players are not only accepted P2W but consider it a badge of honor? Are they? Where will it end? With achievements like “complete task X with P2W item with performance that would be inadequate for a non P2W player?” Do people really get amused if they realize that other players aren’t good, but spend mindlessly on a game? Will there be “gz for that spending” on guild chat?
Sometimes I feel old and disconnected from the scene I’ve been actively participating for more than a decade. But I also learned that if I consider everyone else crazy and they call me crazy, … well at the end it usually turns out that I was right. So I still have some confidence that the “celebrate P2W-ing” won’t be a particularly successful idea.