I’m sorry, I can’t.
You’ve all seen the Battleplan, the changes to Alani and legendaries. It’s destroying the PvE to suit the PvP, except that even PvP nerfs don’t need to be this ridiculous. I feel that the balancing team is a bunch of amateurs and they’ve never really done this before. That they’re pushing for ‘equality’ between characters in a game like this tells me everything I need to know.
The balancing so far has been so toxic, so destructive, that people are leaving the game in droves. The player count has gone down by 50 per cent week after week. And I imagine a lot of those players are PvE players who’re tired of this nonsense. Characters nerfed to suit PvP! Items nerfed to suit PvP! They should have separated PvP and PvE balancing at launch!
The ongoing nuclear nerfs of everything is just destructive. It’s like they’re saying that burning everything is the only way to save the game. If they destroy everything, if they nerf everything into the ground, it’ll all be okay.
They’ve shown that they have no idea what they’re doing, they have no plan for the future, and all they’re interested in doing is continuing to nerf things into the ground until no one has the energy left to play the game any more. Because they don’t know when it might happen, when their favourite piece of gear or character will be made unviable by the most idiotic balancing I’ve seen since Champions Online.
What happens when they find they find they can’t achieve equality? Do they keep nerfing? Every character that over-performs because someone is playing it well, nerf it into the ground? What happens when you’ve nerfed so much that even Normal is too difficult, and just too annoying? People are telling you right now that missions like Renegade and Saboteur are getting too annoying even on Normal.
And you… Just… Keep… Nerfing…
At this point, if Gearbox doesn’t rotate out this balancing team and bring in a new one, where the first order of duty is to separate PvP and PvE, and to reset PvE to launch day values? Then the game is pretty much stillborn.
Damn it, I love this game. I love it dearly. But I can’t watch this any more. I can’t. This is absolutely suicidal. It’s too hard for me to watch… So I can’t. I’m so emotional about it that I’m almost having a big, ugly, Oscar-Mike cry about it.
This game has reached me in ways few others have. It reminds me of the best of the '90s and early '00s. I love so much about it. The setting, the dialogue, the narrative, the missions, the characters, the abilities, it’s just so much fun. But I can’t stand being afraid to look at the latest Battleplan to see how they’ve peed on the game today.
It’s like being strapped to a chair with your eyes held open, and having to watch someone slash up a work of art. I can’t do that any more.
I think I’m going to just leave Battleborn for a bit. Go back to ESO where the balancing team actually knows what it’s doing. Where each new ‘balance change’ isn’t the dumbest, most facepalm inducing nuclear nerf one could have imagined.
And I’m only saying this because I care about this game. Easier to leave now and not watch it kill itself than to be here for the grand finale.
I might be back, but the only thing that would bring me back is the news that they’ve got a new balancing team.
If anyone’s confused? I hadn’t seen the Alani nerfs. I really was going to try to weather this out, I was! … But I can’t. It’s too hurtful to me. I actually suffer with anxiety and depression really badly, really badly. I need uplifting, affirming things to help me get over that.
I’ve been trying my best to be optimistic, to have some kind of faith. I honestly have. But the latest Battleplan and the Alani nerfs? I can’t do it any more. It’s just too depressing and it’s getting in the way of my ability to function, considering how easy it is for me to get depressed.
I’ll always have a place in my heart for Battleborn. But right now… this is bad for my health.