Sigh. That sounds like a very questionable decision that just proves – once again – that their balancing team is stunningly out of touch and not too experienced at this sort of thing. This is why you need to hire a very experienced balancing team. I’ve said many times that this is Battleborn’s weakest area, and ultimately it is what will kill the game.
Really, the whole point of having perches is for characters like Benedict, ISIC, and Kleese who have mobility. If you take away their perches, then you might as well take away their mobility as well. The Splatoon devs understand this. I’ve pointed out the relation to sprinklers in Splatoon and I’ll do it again.
In Splatoon, if a sprinkler can land in a weird place (on the underside of a platform or outside of the level), so long as it can still be easily shot at, then it’s not broken. As such, the developers don’t fix it because it isn’t broken. Sprinklers are meant to work that way.
In Battleborn, characters with mobility are meant to work that way. So long as you can still shoot at them from wherever, so long as the geometry isn’t blocking them, then you don’t fix what isn’t broken. Is the geometry blocking people from shooting them? Then don’t remove the perch, instead fix the geometry so that players can shoot through it.
I really, really wish they weren’t so out of touch. This kind of thing makes me pull my hair out. I’ve been so frustrated with… with… Okay, I’ll say it, with bad balancing teams who’ve killed games. A number of my favourite games were killed by bad balancing teams.
Why was this even done? I’ll reiterate: Even if you can’t shoot at a person on that perch, don’t remove the perch, modify the geometry to allow other players to be able to shoot at someone perched there.
I’m really worried about Battleborn. I am a fan. You all know this, but this kind of thing… Guh. They’ll fix all the perches, soon. And then, hey, what’s even the point of having mobility? I keep repeating myself because I’m absolutely confounded by this.
I don’t see any logic in it. It’s incredibly illogical!