Good Morning All,
I am writing this as an open letter to Ludia to explain that the current model that you are using for balancing is going to destroy your paying player base, the very base that keeps this game alive. I want to express our EXTREME frustration with how you approaching creating balance and how that will ultimately serve to destroy this great game.
I understand balancing needs to take place. I am fully aware you have metrics that show winning percentages based on using X Dino. There is always laws of unintended consequences in relation to balancing when attempting to create the fairest game possible.
At higher levels ( top 300 or so ) it takes an extreme amount of resources to bring a dino to competitive levels. These resources for many of those in the top 300 come at a cost of hard cash. We happily spend 50-100 a week trying to build up our teams with the understanding we have a viable resource for the near future.
What has taken place over the last several months is near highway robbery. It has become almost routine for you to nerf, provide an extremely strong dino for players to level up, provide means for payers to ramp up said dino, only to pull the rug out from under us as we push towards that dino by giving it a nerf stick. This happened a TON with Monominus pre 1.5. You create ways for us to buy it only to destroy it. Why are we going to spend our hard cash on a consistent basis only to have it be thrown out the window? Its freaking messed up.
I am not a whale by any means but I do contribute enough to support half a programmers wages monthly. I am telling you now, if you nerf Uta and leave a whole pile of people with yet another useless dino, we are walking. It just is not worth the investment of time, money and energy.
The only other solution I can see, is that you do the following:
COMMUNICATE WELL IN ADVANCE that there is an imbalance issue and you intend to nerf said dino. ALLOW US THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE TO WASTE THE RESOURCES FOR SHORT TERM GAINS. STOP NERFING OUT OF THE BLUE, GIVE US MEANS TO MAKE A CHOICE!!!
Even better yet, if you intend to make a sweeping change on dinos YOU KNOW people have invested in, allow us to re-coup some of those resources. Let us DE-LEVEL the damn thing and recoup our investment.
I am telling you, the player base is RAGING ANGRY right now at the prospect of this nerf. If you go through with it I know at least 5-20 players, all of which contribute between 100.00 to 500.00 monthly WILL walk. You need to stop screwing the people who pay for your game. Conservatively you are talking about 10-15k monthly that WILL walk.