I go out and side with Avar here again (one of the few voices of reason here on these forums, and not saying that because I agree with him most of the time), but not because I personally feel “cheated” or anything. I was one of those horders that started hording at the right time I guess and I couldn’t care less about cosmetic items. I am not the one seeing them most of the time and the only one I wanted, Bardin’s ridicilous double mohawk, I got. As for cosmetic frames, let me say only one thing: I am playing on a 4k monitor, I can hardly tell them apart. Only thing I care about is red items and the drop rate seems reasonable. I still think there should be bad luck protection and no doubles, but meh, doesn’t concern me too much. I got my green dust, I got most of the reds I really wanted, I am happy.
What I find baffling is the fact how incredibly dense you guys @ FS seem to be when it comes to realizing that you are shooting yourselves in the foot when not giving out at least something for the folks who stuck with your game to this point, which is in my oppinion also, NOT a finished product by any industry standard. Avar raises the absolutely most valid point: The reason why it seems absolutely necessary to give at least some kind of “compensation” to veterans is the fact the playtested your game for you, a game you considered “ready for shipment” and therefor a finished product. You have yet to make any kind of acknowledging statement about this fact that you at least feel some kind of remorse about that. I get the same vibe from the statements here, this kind of “it’s not the end of the world” thing is REALLY uncalled for. No one here is a whiny little brat that didn’t get their candy at the check-out, we are customers that realize that they participated in an early-access release that was sold to us as a finished game. You changed the drop rate for items for the 2nd time now and it is very reasonable to assume that was based on player feedback. There was even a parallel beta after release and even to this point, not everything is working smoothly as would to be expected from a finished product.
Like I said, I couldn’t care less about this whole thing from an individual point of view, but this DOES alienate players who feel used and kinda betrayed. Any self-respecting company would go the extra mile to at least give the veterans some kind of pat on the back, not a “compensation” but merely as a sign, saying “Thank you for your support through this rough start, we couldn’t have done it without you, take this exclusive cosmetic item so you can show your dedication.” The current situation just reeks of arrogance and ignorance.
I am on your side on this, FS. You are not as it seems.