So we have started a new Atlas Season yesterday and everyone is attacking like crazy and the mayhem has returned…lol. The prize branch layout for the new Atlas season has been significantly changed.
First, we have 3 major branches for offense, and another 3 major branches for defense. Plus we still have the primarch buff branches.
What I like about this new prize layout:
First off, THANK YOU for giving us the ability to get a full set of Elite gear in one season! This was sorely needed!
Also, the prizes look to have been increased across the board, which is great!
We get to pick the type of shard prize we want each time - this is AWESOME!
We also get to pick the element of gear we want each time we can redeem a piece - also AWESOME!
What I don’t care for:
The cost for the braches has been raised considerably! The last prize on a branch used to cost about 6k badges and now it costs twice that!
In addition, the branches for the offensive and defensive gear are now longer than they were before. I was able to complete 3 full branches last season and I estimate I would probably not even finish 2 of the new branches, playing at the same rate as I did last season.
You can no longer just go for an Atlas rider if you want to - you have to complete the other two branches with the gear before you can go for the Rider branch on that tier. This is just plain ridiculous! What if you want offensive gear but a defensive rider this season? What if you only want a Rider and not more gear? This one change has soured me on this season. First off, you have priced the gear alone out of most people’s reach. Players lower than diamond level will be lucky to get one or two pieces of gear, and certainly won’t be able to get a rider now without spending major dollars. This is just not right. Once again PG has exploited a part of the game we ADORE in order to try and make more money. And these changes clearly favor the diamond players over everyone else.
It is getting impossible to compete in Atlas. Level 5 castles never change hands…Level 4 castles are a constant blood bath, and two different castes of players have emerged…those that can play in diamond…and those that cannot. And what the diamond teams have, the lower league teams cannot possibly achieve and more is being lost to the diamond teams every day. Skewing the Atlas prizes this way gives the diamond players yet one more advantage over everyone else…gear that only they can afford to get completely. Riders that only they can afford to get. I am so glad I went for the Riders the first 3 seasons, or I would have been out of luck myself. But I fear for the players who could not get them before…because it will be impossible to get them now.
We did not need higher prizes in the Atlas branches. The new structure is great…but the higher costs and restrictions have made what could have been great changes, an absolute disaster. When I first looked at the new layout and saw a full set of gear would be possible, I felt like I had woken up on Christmas morning to the best present ever…and then when I saw the astronomical cost, and that a rider would no longer be possible…well, it was as if someone had just wrecked my brand new present before I even got to play with it.
PG…Please…I implore you! Stop pricing this game out of the reach of most of your players. Otherwise all you are going to have playing are a bunch of diamond players constantly scrapping with each other while everyone else has given up on getting anything in Atlas. I spend a ton of money on this game, and even I have trouble keeping up now. This has gone from spending the amount of money I would normally have spent on other types of recreation on this game, to now costing almost as much as my mortgage! Clearly things have gotten out of control. Profit is one thing… complete exploitation is another. The regular game has already been ruined by this, and now Atlas is going the same way. Pretty soon there will no longer be a reason to play…it just won’t be worth it anymore.