I believe the problem with the skins is two fold. For one, most folks may feel like a skin that looks like a recoloring isn’t worth the asking price and two weapon skins don’t really feel like they add fun or a way to portray one’s self very well when seen by other players or opponents.
So, what would be worth the asking price if the skins workout impacting gameplay?
Purchasable End Game Animations
Allow folks to purchase an animation for their favorite characters that will be shown if their team wins at the victory screen instead if the boring “Hunters fly off in the ship/Monster does a little roar” which would be the default if they don’t own it.
Example, Torvald does a Techo Viking Dance:
Bucket does the… Robot?
Wraith does the worm,
I realize these are dances, but they are pretty awesome. But you get the idea, my point is this would be worth it and you can reduce the cost of the skins once these animations come out.
This will mostly require work from your animators giving you another great and fun way for you to monitize and for fans to feel like their purchase pays off, even if it is only for a moment.
I take this inspiration from the unique end game sequence you watch at the end of a Super Smash Brothers round. Winners taunts/cheers while losses clap in the background.
Thoughts? Would you but this for the price if a skin?