Normally when a new game mode or feature I’m not a huge fan of rolls out, I can shrug and move on pretty quickly after I do an initial handful of posts offering critiques/feedback.
Not now. The longer this one goes, the angrier and more bummed-out I’m getting.
The notion that I could be waiting until 2021 to be able to craft the stuff I’m missing out on in the Soulforge, and the fact that IF the cosmetic pet makes a reappearance at all, it’s going to cost $50+ worth of Gems (and that’s at Flash Sale prices) to get it to Mythic is, quite honestly, depressing as hell. Sure, you don’t need to push a Pet to Mythic, but I’m certain that IP2/505 know how many collectors race to ascend cosmetic Pets due to how rarely each one comes around.
“Well, just buy the $10 pass then.”
That knee-jerk response is the Entire. Freaking. Point.
The stupid battlepass is designed to be so good it hurts to pass it up. I’ve played a variety of F2P for at least the last 8 years, and I have never…NEVER…felt the sense of “we’re coming for your wallet” like I’m feeling it right now.
I’m happy to spend a F2P game when I feel it has earned my money. I’m no whale - I’m not even a dolphin - but over the last couple years at least I’ve been averaging around $20-30 a month on F2P, maybe a little more. Not a dime of that has gone to GoW. I stopped spending money here a little over 2 years ago. I have never lost hope that the devs/publisher of this game would make changes that made me so happy I started spending again. I’ve put an unbelievable amount of hours into this game, and I always felt I’d love nothing more than for GoW to EARN my money again.
That ship has now well and truly sailed. This update has ensured that my wallet will never open again for Gems of War.
The content included with the battlepass may technically still be able to be earned for free, but locking it behind an incredible time gate, and a not insignificant resource gate, means you are walking a very, very fine line.
Also, as far as I’m aware, the devs have not confirmed whether the new troops will be made available in the crafting rotation immediately, or if they’ll be added to the end of the line. The Mythic troop crafting rotation is currently 13 weeks long, and will be 14 weeks long one month after the Campaign ends. So, will free pass players get a shot at crafting the new Mythic 4 weeks after battlepass buyers get it, when it gets added to the general Mythic pool…or will free pass players wind up waiting a total of 18 weeks for it to come up in the rotation? I think it would be incredibly helpful to get a dev response to this question (or for someone to point it out to me, if such answer has already been supplied).
To say nothing of how many months free pass players will need to wait to be able to get the cosmetic Pet, assuming it’s actually added to the cosmetic Pet rotation at all.
Saying you can still get everything for free may be empirically true, but it’s borderline insulting. Any quasi-active player who actually gives a dang about keeping a full collection is going to feel the full court press to spend the $10…and IP2/505 know it.
This whole situation feels like a gut punch. I’m not sure how many gut punches I can deal with before I decide it’s just not worth it and walk out the door.