Blizzard, in their infinite wisdom, and an attempt to save their shrinking player base in 9.0., have implemented an anima update:
As always, it’s wrong on so many levels – I don’t even need to explain them, just list the obvious flaws:
- Non-account wide. Even if you’re hunting Adventure Table mounts on one toon, invest into Adventure table on every character hunting their Covenant-specific stuff.
- Does not touch the biggest anima sources: like world bos world quest, souls at max quest and all.
- You have to invest anima in buildings you do not care about. To maximize you anima rewards, you are supposed to have level 3 adventure table, for example – and that’s 15k anima down the drain.
Most and foremost: too little and too late. People have consumed the content, they are NOT happy with anima income on base level (you can’t buy a Renown item if you did your weekly chores, save mounts or buildings). Adding a bonus baby step to 10 baby usual weekly steps does not help at all, and will certainly NOT make people grind anima specifically as the current patch goals are achieved.
And what’s worse, it’s bad communication about rewards too.
Are they meant to last throughout expansion? Well, the novelty lasts until the next patch, and people are ready to move on to the next sets and mounts and pets and what not. So people are ready to move on now, not buy level 5 building and sets at 2022.
Are they supposed to be purchased during 9.0.? Well, we’ve been whining about discouraging anima since December, and a HUGE improvement should have been made at least in January, not this ridiculous steps. And please don’t tell me they’re planning anima rewards for Chains of Domination and on, because in that case they’re wasting the development resources on something no one could buy.
As you know, I’m always devil’s advocate in terms of WoW development, but these sorts of decisions and addressing player concerns really pisses me off.
If people are unhappy with what should have been anima FLOW is merely a DROP in game, you should make it a FLOW, not a DROP with 20% update. It’s still a DROP, guys.
Ugh. At least it’s nice how people on Twitter and forums feel the very same.
P.S. Frankly, it’s just insulting. I’d better live without this change, hoping for a better future in 9.1. thatn THIS.