"our team invited a small group of our highest skilled players to discuss our balance"
Seen this before, usually a small group of players (often small group of friends) that just don't understand nor care about the game beyond their play-style, and can't comprehend how/why others might play differently and often go full blown bug-eyed bonkers when others have a differing opinion, and often make/endorse recommendations that will give their group the advantage...
Just because one of the loudest, daily forum poster/troll, "high skilled", whale player has something to say...
Does NOT mean they have the best interests for the game, nor know whats best for the game.
Which means devs only taking advice from one small "elite" group ends up with an unbalanced game.
Also it often breeds loathing and rumors for those few (ie: "Devs pets"/"paid-to-play"/"Dev-alts"/etc.).
Sure greygoo has some positive reviews (only 41% positive atm) and sure Rime has a lot of good reviews (atm).
But I predict Dreadnought will have a lot of negative reviews because: its slow paced, unfinished, needs a lot of polishing for the masses, and greybox isn't fast at reacting to fans and will do nothing for months.
- Took years for greybox to listen about Elite Status giving ~ +50% boost XP + Credits match earnings.
- The 2016 "Blind-side Beta" killing player-base within 3 months and caused the first exodus.
- Ignoring post-patch black screen launcher, blaming player's computers over launcher issues since Alpha.
- "immediate access" founders ships blocked until players unlock a ship's tier...
- The post match maintenance-fees that stayed for about a year causing the second exodus.
Greybox will need to learn and adapt much faster on the steam platform with Dreadnought.
Well best of luck. - Sincerely Max (Lurking)