you nailed a lot of the issueson the head. I haven’t been active for the past week due to spring break, but coming back to the forums feels a lot like this:
I can definitely tell there’s a lot of stir-craziness, from both vets and newbies on these forums.
I think a lot of it was SUCH a good cliffhanger ending to heart of ekkunar, but theres been absolutely ZILCH in terms of where this game is going (balance wise, DLC wise, playerbase wise) when they could have capitalized on that hype and announced season 2 (or confirmed it wasnt going to happen)
I finally got every character’s lore legendary and every mutation in the game, I’m still going to grind levels and farm for good legendaries that still evade me.
personally, those mellka changes really irked me, especially as I had never experienced this harrasser that was apparently the bane of everyone’s existence. however, those new changes that just rolled out seemed to have breathed new life into her, and I’d be fine keeping those stats as long as they switch some helixes around (such as slow on claw lunge etc). the fact that galilea and benedict ruled the meta (and still do!) and received very few nerfs (and even some buffs over time) while a fun character that kept getting the nerf bat to near unusability definitely farmed some resentment towards balance.
I think the fact that we had 3 weeks straight of “no changes! we have pax and competition and everything” when pax was honestly a pretty big letdown. they had the setup of the BL easter eggs being discovered and the release of HoE to usher in the season 2 and it went down with a laughable whisper. I’m unsure who makes the decisions (and my gut feeling is that it’s not jythri/GBX) but they don’t seem to know how to hype up a community.
while this can be ridiculous for some communities, it’s been 5+ months since the last major balance update (aka october 13). the winter update had some amazing changes (dojo, balancing for caldy and thorn, gear buffs, bug fixes, 60 FPS!!!) but that really doesn’t help when the the communities deems a lot of balancing lacking. months of “we’re looking to rework gali” but throwing mellka overboard sowed a lot of disdain.
The fact that we’ve also had the new PVP mode just sitting there in our stats page with literally no word on it also doesn’t help (but i’m guessing this is due to the dislike of meltdown finale, similar to ops reworks upon feedback of main stories)
So: as my book length response goes, I 100% see where some negativity comes from. there’s a lot going on that just doesn’t feel like devs have reigns on. I’m guessing this is due to a mix of them not actually seeing the problem (like stats about K/D) and bureaucratic issues (releasing future plans like PVP and season 2), but that doesn’t discount the fact that I’ve played BB nearly daily since the winter update came out. eventually, if nothing major comes up in another month or so, I might get truly bored with the game and getting stomped by gali and bene (and i’m by no means a bad player)