This is my rant (or essay) on the Free trial of battleborn, as the topic title says, that’s what i think of the Trial at the moment. I’ve played this game since launch and enjoyed it, Here are my reasons:
No Story Missions -
The Free Trial only gives F2P’s competitive mode and operations, operations cost money (20 dollars for all, 5 dollars individually), and if a F2P doesn’t want to cough up money for those, they are stuck with competitive for the rest of days to come. We all have different methods of having fun, some of us don’t like competitive, those players will leave this game quickly and never get to enjoy its full fun factor (Bots Battle might keep them here). Players who are competitive will stay longer.
Rotating Characters -
I’m glad F2P’s will have some diverse of battleborns to chose from, but i don’t think its enough. I’m sure in all the rotations there will be “gun guys” for the shooter players, however, six characters a week? on the rare chance that all six are ones a F2P doesn’t enjoy playing as, they have to wait another whole week for a new batch., i figure the better option would be to just have the default six active or have more unlocked per rotation.
Upgrade Cost -
Even if a F2P wanted to upgrade to the full game, i think 30 dollars is too much, to put it simply:
Full Game Upgrade = $30
Operations = $20
Sixty Whole dollars for the true “Whole Experience”. Twenty would be a reasonable price and i understand the devs need to earn money on the game yet thirty i think its too much. (unless summer sales drop the $30 tag).
Without the story, the only way a F2P can earn gear is the “Prologue”, buying gear packs. and forking up twenty dollars for operations. Why would you want to buy gear packs if you need to save up A LOT for that character (or characters) you want?
Veterans and “noob” accounts
This issue I’ve thought about. Us Veterans probably want to know what it feels like to start “fresh”, so we make “noob” accounts, the problem is having a experienced “noob” fighting inexperienced players. I can think of no way of stopping this, i’m doing it as well just to play with my friends who wouldn’t buy the game. Other Veterans might be the same way or just want to massacre the F2P’s.
A small complaint but one worth looking at. For those players who want to earn all the achievements in a game, you can’t earn any in the Free Trial unless you buy the FGU.
We will get a population boost for maybe two to three weeks, and after that the numbers will drop, i don’t sound optimistic about this trial is because i’m not. I really wish it will keep players for months but it’s not going to unless this game gets a huge addition of content, maybe the supercharge game mode will help (comes out June 22nd) in spite of all that, i have little hope.
(Open to debate)