Most of us recognise that Empires has been steadily heading in a pay to win direction for a long time, and it’s certainly no revolution to me after around two years ingame. I was already getting fed up after reading the recent developor Q&A where almost every answer was some variant of ‘can’t do that, it’ll be bad for the game economy’ ‘won’t even consider this, bad for the economy’ but the very last straw for me was the reduction of Atlantis time, my main farming time ingame.
Now I am only one player and the amount I spent ingame although not whale sized, was decent. “I don’t buy alcohol or smokes or fast food or coffee, lots of people spend what I spend on Empires on those things!” I reasoned with myself, buying an offer that only gave me yet another dissapointing 3 star filled 10 pull. But hopefully if this reaonates with others and gets them to consider if they ought to keep spending, it won’t just be me. There’s a whole nospend movement out there for anyone who feels the game developers are simply in it for the money and care nothing about their customers.
It’s changed my entire game play style. I used to gear everything up for Atlantis so I could farm backpacks to run 2 or 3 tc2s to train up 10 heroes at a time. Now I won’t have the input of many new 5 star heroes to train, plus a much lower rate of 4 star mats to ascend them, I won’t need to train the same amount of feeders. Oh I’ll keep all my loot tickets and world flasks for Atlantis still, but won’t ever buy these items the way I used to.
I’m lucky I’m in a position to go f2p. I’ve finished upgrading all my buildings, HA10 gives me a small chance at HoTMs I’ll miss - and that’s likely to be most of them from here on out - and I’m lucky I was able to spend so much and get some of the heroes I wanted most. I got Guardian Panther and Fenrir, Heimdall and Thor, Devanna and Uraeus, thanks to spending. Am I ever likely to now get Miki and Eirora & Fluffy now I’m not spending? Not likely, but I can come to terms with that and enjoy the game with what I have.
I’m most going to miss getting routine HoTMs, buying my alliance mates the mythic titan offer, and the rush of that rare 10 pull that presents a 5 star hero, but I’m looking forward to my f2p life and having more money for real life enjoyment! If you’ve read my story this far, thanks! If you have a different pov on the game know you are welcome to share it but it won’t affect how I feel about Empires these days. Good luck ingame everyone!