Community events are always good so that was a nice announcement. Personally though, as for the Amazon expansion, most of the forum users are more dedicated and have played the game for a while. I would be surprised if there were forum members who could not play and were desperately waiting on the amazon app store. Don’t get me wrong, its great that you guys are expanding more and more resulting in a bigger and bigger game. That however, is to some the double edged sword. The past couple patches have done numerous changes to gameplay and introduced new modes. However, many were designed as gem sinks and ramping stat difficulty to sometimes extreme levels. We had 3.4 with pet events which can be difficult for some regardless of easy to use loop teams. There was also no fix for raids/invasions and a recent bounty event that was, well, perfectly designed to punish us with ridiculous matchups and a useless captain. New stuff isn’t always bad as recent side events like vaults and pets are good. Bounties were ok the first week but got worse rewards and harder goals. I understand the need based on the F2P business model to make more and more new stuff. But we had Guild Wars for months with few drastic changes and now we had two new game modes less than 3 months ago which most can agree on whether or not you like it, it is simply a resource sink.
Growing the playerbase is great, but it seems that the game is trying to rapidly grow to compensate when perhaps slowing down a little and putting a little more time and care into what exists would create a better player experience. I would send all my pets into a meat grinder if it meant guild wars was biweekly, or at least raid and invasion weren’t draining gems instead of granting them. I have fun with guild wars and invasions are fun too despite the same raid model. There just has to be changes made to what’s here, not 2 months from now when another little side event is added that is another cash grab attempt to drain a dwindling resource that is the worst priced value in your own shop.
That brings me to this, WHY IS YOUR SHOP SO FRUSTRATING?!? It is a pricing nightmare that has numerous conflicting valuations used on your own valuations and makes no sense as in how could someone think a mythic is worth the price of a console. You could even make more money with simple changes like making the Path to glory 2 guarantee the exclusive mythic so that when one mythic week comes up, you get it. It would be cheaper than buying with gems if people bought gems to pull for mythics, it entices players to play every day, and oh its not like the mythics come out about every 30 days or so. Now while all the latest game modes are optional, you have to get gems to play more and get the rewards that are unique with the orbs, which is its own can of worms. As stated before how your tasks are split up to reworking older features, bug fixing, etc. Whoever makes new gem si… i mean game modes should look at the shop as while it probably makes money now, it could make more. Despite such a suggestion possibly biting me in the ass, I don’t feel bad about pointing it out as I feel you guys may be looking for more revenue when those without upper 5 to 6 figure gem stashes have fewer gems to speak of.
Either way congrats again on Amazon, every troop from Abhorath to Zuul’Goth. (Yea that’s an amazon pun)