Gears does a lot right. But seems to do even more… not necessarily wrong… but not current.
Gears is on a “card system”. This system was introduced in Gears 4… and even then it was outdated. At this point it needs to put to bed. The card system not only is old and nobody likes it, but it doesn’t even make sense in its current iteration. You need to take on an actual mod system for Gears. Cards are a joke and pointless.
The skins are cool… but again, unnecessary. Again, you should adopt a mod system for the armor and allow people to mix and match. Get rid of the “card rarity system”, and get more in line with the “mod rarity system”. Giving people more choice doesn’t hurt anyone. It only helps.
Not allowing people to choose loadouts is absolutely absurd at this point as well. Gears is basically the only game that still has a set load out that can’t be altered and all the other weapons are just on the map and create “choke points”. The choke points don’t work. Especially on these maps. Each map has a specific area that is rushed 99% of the game. Everyone knows the area. It gets old. If I want to spawn with a precision rifle, let me. If I want a shotgun, let me. If it’s a long map and I spawn with all short range weapons, that should be my choice.
There are so many more things you could do to make risk game better. You tried adding “Gears” style “new” stuff… but it was old stuff. You added an arcade mode… come on man. That game mode was out of date 15 years ago. Gridiron? Seriously? A boring football variant to a bloody video game? Man that was seriously one of the worst decisions you’ve made.
There are a lot of things you could do to being back the fans. A lot of things you could do to get a lot more. But if you keep down this road… you’re just going to be joining E.T. in the desert.
Right now you’re scrambling to keep as many people as possible. And I get that. But the next installment… it’s make or break. And I guarantee you can save this franchise. But in order to do it, you need to be able to not only go against the grain of the hardcore, but you need to be able to go against the grain of your own biases as well. You have all the tools. You have 14 years worth of content to pull from.
I hope you do it. I know you can. I’m not sure you will though.