Apologies, and yes.
I posted a thread explaining how the nerf/buff cycle works. It’s not designed to actually balance anything. It’s designed to maintain a META for a while… until the parts for that META reach a critical mass & stop bringing in new cash. Once the income starts to slow, the META is nerfed to allow a new one to emerge.
In the past, this was largely limited to CW players & other “high end” players. Folks who could grind out an epic every now and again with badges just weren’t bringing in enough money.
The new challenges brings the business model of the CW nerf/buff cycle down to the 9k power score limit.
This is creating a new stream of income as people attempt to acquire the parts needed to chase the confrontation nerf/buff cycle.
None of these changes are designed to make the game more fun.
None of these changes are meant to balance things as players understand balancing.
All of this is designed to bring in more income regardless of how we feel about it.
This is why people are feeling the fun drain.
I have marveled at the decisions the devs have made over the years & struggled to understand why they’ve done the weird things they’ve done.
Why are there factions that were introduced via a battle pass instead of being grindable like the first few factions?
Because the new model brought in more money than grinding.
Why are old items like ML200s and Enlightenment left ignored while new legs (that could’ve just been a buff for ML200s) introduced?
Because buffing old parts doesn’t bring in new money, but a BP leg does.
Why were new wheels introduced as a pack-only part instead of something I could get for free?
…I think there’s no mystery here.
The game isn’t as fun as it used to be because the devs turned a corner a few years ago. When the game was young, they had a vision to make the coolest MadMax/BladeRunner/crafting/shooting/driving game ever. They nailed it.
They then lost inspiration, and got money hungry. They’re no longer trying to make a cool game. They’re trying to make money.
Playing a cool game is fun.
Being milked for cash is not.