Love hurts. Everybody hurts.
Why is it so hard to love someone or something?
I loved you, Dreadnought game thing.
I come here every now and then to see if any change to the game is being done since the latest patch deployed and still nothing.
The game I played was so good. I was up all night and left office early to play some more Dreadnought. What I played a month ago was really good.
One day I wake up on sunday and remember about the game, take a zip of coffee and read the dread-ful patch notes:
A Tier System has been implemented
I don't mind some grind to unlock ships. I don't mind paying for a service when the service is worth the price/time/fun. But this patch is horrible, and even if I wanted to play, it never finds any match whatsoever now. And even if I found a match, I now have to start with a fishing boat instead of playing with a dreadnought in the Dreadnought game.
Don't mean to be rude, my love
Why did you do this? Why did you let it happen, dev team?
I want to spend money in the game I liked. I want my Zmey to have a big a-ss greek sculpture on the front and ram people with it. To shoot all broadside weapons into the enemy awhile positioning to defend my teammates. I want a tactical-based teamwork game with giant capital ships. Maybe a Ranked mode. To unlock these hero-like inspiring designs from the lore manufacturers and fight like the Captains the players are supposed to be.
But no. Now I have to somehow "earn" the fun out of it just because.
Tier systems DO NOT WORK. It's power creeping and it fragments the demographic you want to reach. Nobody wants to play low tiers for long, and certainly less players will reach the top. And you CANT MATCH THEM TOGETHER BECAUSE BALANCE ISSUES.
So now you have 5 queues and a balancing nightmare nobody wants to be part of. That's without coming into play with the maintenance costs.
In the context of a fast "quickmatch based" game it doesn't work.
If the game somehow was a persistent Conquest Mode with each battle representing a planet or territory against player made factions, it kinda makes sense because there's a new and more in depth layer of a metagame going on. If this was the case, the more invested players would appreciate to climb in power to deploy and warmonger planets, and to draft new players in for their motives. That's kinda cool, ain't it?
Sadly, it's not like that. Mechwarrior Online has been trying to do this for some years. Shortcomings of that other F2P aside, the idea is solid. That game survives because it has a QuickMatch Button and a Faction Warfare button.
**Quickmatch could be the good old fun Dreadnought game without the power creep or grind. Just a competitive 10 min battle. Fast addictive and straight to the point. You buy ships akin to LoL champions or MWO mechs and battle with them.
Faction Warfare button has the Tier Grid and a separate Shipyard. Losses have an impact. Victories are delicious. Purchased cosmetics can be applied to both game modes.**
And still, ranting aside, linear Tiers and straight improvements are a problem because:
They interfere with the fantasy of the game
They interfere with the balance and cause frustration
To gimp a player with less features doesn't teach anything to said player to improve
It doesn't show what the game is actually about
Fragments the community unnecesarily
When some of the posters that come around the forums post so winded up, they don't try to be rude. They took their time to let out frustration in the forums and come back because they somehow CARE ABOUT THE GAME. THEY WANT THE GAME TO SUCCEED.
Some people don't know or understand what goes behind the curtains and how hard it is sometimes to push a project onwards in a deadline, or how the development time and costs work. I know the time and effort was spent on the latest patch and you have good will because it is your business and you want it to succeed, it's just sometimes we need to take a step back and rethink our path, and even redo over some things to improve and keep moving.
You have a good thing going on here. Dreadnought was a good game. Don't go into the WoT territory. It's dead and it's bad business.
Good luck and I hope it goes in the right direction at the end of the day.