'Ello, I might’ve made a thread of this nature before, I can’t recall, but I definitely know I’ve been of this opinion for quite some time. I’ve noticed it mostly when I’ve brought friends over to play and you pretty much have to convince them that “don’t worry it’ll be really fun once the game lets you play Champion!” and so on.
But, thanks to the massive influx of new players due to the new Chaos Wastes game mode, the free weekend, and the 75% off sale, I’ve been reminded of this fact by reading quite a few threads from new players who seem to share this opinion.
Recruit and Veteran difficulty give a very weak first impression of the game. *
This is the main core of the problem, people start up the game and get met with Recruit difficulty, which is essentially a tutorial difficulty. Except, until hero power 115, they cannot play anything other than recruit. The game forces you to grind for item power and levels in order to upgrade to Veteran difficulty. This issue is even worse when you consider that, since gaining power through levels is much faster than gaining item power, the game discourages trying out multiple characters, because if you wanna switch to another, level 1 character to try them out, woop, back to Recruit with you.
Veteran difficulty, meanwhile, while very good for players who are just starting out, is still a very easy difficulty that new players could (and often, do) easily outgrow. But once again you’re met with a power requirement before you’re allowed to even touch champion. This power requirement isn’t as bad or damning when compared to the requirement to player Veteran, but it still discourages players from trying out different characters.
So, at the very, very least, I’d ask that the power requirement from Veteran be removed entirely. Ideally? Remove power requirements in general. Trust players to choose their own difficulty for themselves. Turn the ‘minimum’ power requirement into more of a ‘recommended’ power requirement so players can have a point of reference to guide themselves, but that’s about it.
*Stole this line from @Rebel, really good way to put it.