Like Rook, I am still playing this game. It has a pleasing mechanic and is on the whole laid back. That’s what I like about it.
Unfortunately the fact that I’m now hitting a wall to progress means the laid back pace is becoming jaded. There is nothing to do, really, but slog in the hope of finding that very occasional ascension item, or levelling up some back-up heroes (and then getting stuck on those for ascension items too… which are the very same ascension items I need for my primaries).
I have always had a complaint about the economy, and have never bought in to the logic of keeping things mean to prevent pay to win. It’s still pay to win… just a slow and drawn out version of it. I don’t see SG’s strategy on this, and I don’t believe it will help their game or themselves financially.
What will keep my interest is the ability to keep progressing… and then keep innovating so that the progress I make with my heroes can be put to good use (e.g. colour-specific events, or events requiring certain hero attributes… etc.) Don’t put artificial caps on the rate that people can progress simply because you don’t want to avoid the challenge of innovation to prevent an over-inflation in hero power. There are ways you can combat this… making the economy over-mean is not the best approach to it.
So you can count me a solid fan of the game, its gameplay, the concept, the relaxed nature of play. (Still not a great fan of raids). But I’m now just getting bored, because there is no progress. And I don’t see spending as the way out because of the poor value you get for your spend. The result will be the same… I’ll eventually leave.
I played Diablo II for a couple of years on and off. The way things are going with this game, it will have me only for a few short months… and that is mostly WITHOUT PAYING. Own goal SG - I’m using your server resources, for no great reward to you.
I think there are enough posts on these boards from enough different people reinforcing this same message for it to show some representation of how people feel. This has to be representative of a sizeable portion of the player-base. If SG don’t sit up and take notice I feel they could well be turning a potential blockbuster in to an also ran… which would be a pity.