Tiers are a garbage idea from someone living in the past.
It's like saying "let's look at what's proven to work, and use that." That almost makes sense. I can see the thought process. But the industry has moved on already. Tiers are dead. They were never good.
But the art is so good. And the gameplay is so good. It's one of my favorite games. A lot of good decisions have been made here, but the tiers are bad. The market is bad. The limited cosmetic options are bad. All the stuff I want to spend money on is kind of bungled. So I sit here with gp in the bank waiting for more cosmetics.
Subscription sucks because a) I don't have time to enjoy it, b) I don't like paying for subscriptions in general, c) it limits how much money I spend. I'm okay spending money, but I dislike spending it on elite time. And I already have elite, so there's nothing else to spend on. What bothers me is that I dislike what I'm spending money on. They created an arbitrary tier system to push me to spend money on a subscription that I dislike in concept. And they won't sell me the stuff that I do want, which is more cosmetics. And I assume they created the tier system because they weren't making enough with the cosmetics, but they never really tried with cosmetics. The spine of the market is still pretty dumb.
People still coming to the forums with buyer's remorse because they didn't understand what coating purchases applied to which ships. Or which patterns could be used on what. Or which emblems on what. Removing coatings that people want. Removing clothing options that people can see on other pilots, but they go to the market and can't find it because it was removed. Limiting players by only selling combined outfits instead of smaller pieces to match together. Limited ship cosmetics to purchase because the tier system sucked them all up. Why didn't they just sell all that as cosmetics?
And the progression as it is, I need to play like 15 games in a single ship to get one module. Or pay about $10 in gp to convert xp for one module. I don't mind spending $10 on the game, but not for that. That's awful. I'll pay the money, just stop making it so stupid. $10 for ship geometry? Yes, all day. $10 for pilot cosmetics? Sure. $10 for a couple color palettes like in warframe? Sure. $5 for something like an emblem (variable geometry) but more like a fin, or a bulge, a radar dish, that can be attached to a ship? Like a bolt-on accessory? Yes all day. Bolt on accessories for the pilot? Shoulder pad, boot, stuff like the goggles but for the body? Yes all day. All of that.