Let me preface and say that no, I don’t expect to have the best gear a week after launch. What I do expect is to see progress being made towards it. In Vermintide 1, you could see if you were close to rolling a cosmetic or red. You knew that if you could roll a 7, you’d get that red at the top, or that hat. They were attainable, even well before Quests and Contracts were a thing.
In Vermintide 2, you can’t see if you actually have a chance at rolling for a cosmetic or red. I have opened 62 LEGENDARY chests, almost all of which were generals, and a dozen or so Emperors. I have only gotten blues and oranges. Meanwhile, I open a dozen Champion Emperors I had saved from the beta and get two reds.
On top of that, cosmetic rarity. Hats were never this rare in VT1. You had the orange tier hats, which weren’t too hard to get, you’d get them as you played pretty much. Then you had the red tier hats, which took a bit but not horribly long if you played frequently. In VT2, hats are very, very rare, with most people saying they don’t even exist as maybe 5 pics with hats players have gotten have been posted on the web.
My point is that you can play hundreds of hours not getting any kind of cosmetic reward. On top of that, red weapons might as well be cosmetic too. Most people who get them are already power capped at 600. They mostly just want the skin.
I expect to be bombarded with posts about getting reds needing to fill you with a sense of pride and accomplishment, but how bad this RNG is is atrocious. There are people with over 300 hours and 30+50 levels not having a single red. Bring back Quests and Contracts, show what you were close to rolling, do SOMETHING to show progress.