Last time I gave my opinion about the devs and how they shared the plans for this game’s future, I was almost banned from these forums by the moderators. But I promise, this time I’ll behave so calm down and hold off on that ban hammer.
So, the last battleplan didn’t have much in it. That much is a fact and a lot of people were/are upset about it. We were told almost nothing and the comments started to turn somewhat toxic towards the devs. I however, am actually pretty happy with the information that has been shared. Not in that battleplan but the ones prior to it. In battleplan 45, @Jythri discussed and answered several questions from the community.
These statements are good enough to keep me perfectly satisfied for the rest of the month. Hell, I’m surprised more people aren’t still riding the high from it. Jythri confirmed that Gali’s CC will get toned down next update and that Boldur is doing more damage than he should be doing. In my eyes I read that as, “We are not only adjusting the two strongest characters in the game, we are actually looking into the problems that the community agrees makes them insanely strong”. And on top of all that we get mentions towards Pillarstorm and several characters that are on the priority list for the next update.
I have been very critical of the devs in the past, but I consider myself to always be fair with them. If they deserve criticism, I’ll let them know. But as it stands, I’m happier with the devs right now than I have been in months. The major changes that need to happen can’t be done in a minor hot fix. Those are for fixing certain, minor bugs and numerical outliers in terms of balance, like Beatrix having way too much health for the type of character she is. Reducing the effectiveness of her silence, which is one of her core issues, is something that can’t be easily changed and would have to be done in a major update (which, by the way, is something else that has been mentioned is getting looked into)
So, with those statements in mind, I went into battleplan 46 and I’m thinking, “Not expecting much but I’m perfectly fine with that because I’m still riding the high from last week. So long as the lore is there… F#&%, no lore. Oh well, still happy about last week” and then I read the comments section and I’m kinda disappointed. Did everyone forget Jythri’s statements last week? Is the average person’s attention span really that short that they forget what is probably the best news Battleborn has gotten for it’s balance in months in just one short week? Come on people.
Even if the battleplan is lacking, there are at least 3 devs (Maybe 4 with @MereAtGBX now?) that are prone to lurking and commenting on the battleplan. If something wasn’t discussed in the battleplan, it has a somewhat decent chance of being answered in the comments of the battleplan. Half the information of a battleplan is in the comments after it’s been made.
So overall, I’m actually happy with the battleplans right now. My expectations of the next battleplan is fairly low. I don’t think there will be any updates on balance changes, there’s only so much information that they can actually safely give out and Jythri dropped a lot 2 weeks ago. I’m expecting a quick update on the queues, whether there are changes or not this is important as it lets me know how I’m spending my free time for the week and for better or worse I’m glad they tell us this information. We probably will get some more of that sweet lore and some stuff about the community. Maybe a Mellka hotfix, maybe. Then the comments will go like this: we’ll get an even share of comments hating and liking the battleplan. Jythri will come in and try to calm down the nay sayers. @dante_d_silva will be on stand by for lore questions and inserting dank memes when needed. @JoeKGBX will lurk, keyboard at the ready if that carcass of reality needs to be slammed down on our fun or if there’s an opportunity for a good pun/one liner. Then after all the initial chaos/anger/joy/excitement wears off, @lowlines will wake up in Australia with a rather positive post dissecting the lore, general content of the plan and it’s comments so far. Then, finally the battleplan will drift off into some random off topic subject for a week or two, maybe about lore, maybe about music, maybe about various forum users sexual orientations (it’s happened before).
And if I get that, I’ll be fine. Anything more and I’ll be great.