If you went back and read a lot of my posts since sept, you’d understand that I’m not a fan of how TC handled the gears franchise. You are taking what I’m saying out of context and assuming I’m either shilling for TC or intentionally ignoring all the problems.
Why am I so optimistic? For one, Rod F and Ryan C aren’t in control anymore, having horrible tuning, insane prices (and $40 a skin set wasn’t just esports stuff … it was regular full sets after you’d add all of em up) and bad ideas for drip feeding us content. Since you need reminding like most ppl… gears 5 won’t have DLC or map packs like past gears games. If you compared gears 2 production costs to gears 5, gears 5 is the most expensive gears game to date. We paid for maps in gears 2, but we’re starting (FINALLY) to get maps in 5. Every map we get we will never pay for. When a game is so detailed like gears 5, textures can’t look like butt like they could in gears 2. The main idea is that all additional content (in whatever form we get it) won’t cost us. All the iron I ever had was stuff I acquired from all the operations and from getting the ultimate version from the game pass, so I refuse to buy iron. I only unlock stuff thru the free means, so, if there’s ppl like me, they never pay for extra content. An expensive game like 5 allowing us to get content this way opposed to past dlc packs makes them operate at a loss. You have to see that some things are necessary if they have this free model… and now that they’ve finally gotten rid of the leadership who thought $40 weapon skin sets and past loot boxes were a good thing, and now we have this new system… of course I’m more optimistic. Any true fan of gears would be! I’ve been waiting for a return to the gears 3 era of gears, but right now this model is the best we’ve gotten since 3. I’m not a pessimistic person by nature, but I’m def someone who questions things… I’ve been questioning the decisions made in 4 & 5 for so long that ppl have accused me of blindly hating on gears just for the sake of it. Now, for the first time, I can see a change, so… THAT is why I’m becoming more optimistic for op 5 and beyond!
If you’re the person who’d wait for a game to be better and delayed, that’s fine, but the majority of gamers today are not. You can disagree, but the truth and fact of the matter is that yes, TC would be crucified by today’s standards (they have been repeatedly, have you not been paying attention since TC have been in control?) for delaying op 4 AGAIN, and I know they didn’t want that. Besides, remember the whole thing about the devs working from home?? Yea. Kinda hard to play test in a proper setting when you don’t have access to your work facility. You need to realize this and for the sake of the 2020 pandemic, cut em some slack. These aren’t normal times, so acting like they are is just being selfish and blind.
Last thing I’ll address… esports. When I say the game is esports focused, I’m referring to the game model. 4 was designed to sap all our money on loot boxes. The worst casino style content a game could have, and gears had to deal with that. We were told most of the proceeds from packs were setup to pay for esport events (not entirely true since sponsors are the ones responsible). In 5, they used the esport idea for “why prices were so high on content.” Yes they’ve set up the game to focus on tournaments, but when they changed TDM, it was to address the tuning to have more in line with Esports play. There’s a difference. This game isn’t setup to look like it funds all esports events now. Having esport tuning and having an esport game model are 2 separate things. I was referring to the game itself being an esport model, which like I said, is not the case anymore.
Look, you can ignore facts and how the majority view the game. Just because you view an aspect of it one way doesn’t make it so. Again, I’m not thrilled with the state of the game (basically 2 months shy from it being out a year already), but I can see actual change happening. I can hear TC say something and I don’t automatically think they’re lying anymore. We needed a shift in leadership and a major change before the game would get better, and it’s finally starting. Do I want it perfect yesterday? Of course! Am I reasonable and do I understand these core game features will take a lot of time to fix now that the game is heading in a different direction? Yes. Will I ever be truly happy with 5? Prob not, but it’s finally moving towards a better place.
I can see both sides of this argument, so I understand the shift in the model will take a long time (longer with the pandemic). I don’t blindly disagree with decisions now, based on the changes we’re seeing, and you shouldn’t either. Being unhappy over what happened to 5 nearly pushed me away from the franchise forever, but like I said, once Rod and Ryan left, I knew their bad ideas wouldn’t be lingering with the TC devs who openly disagreed with the way they used to do things there. Besides all that… there’s a bunch of great new games coming out over the next few months. Instead of being mad at a game forever, I can easily have fun with the other games and think that one day when I return, 5 might be in a place it finally deserves to be in. Will it? Only time will tell, but just sitting there, stewing over it for almost a year won’t do anything, especially since the shift in ideas has started. I can see change starting, why can’t you?
(FYI: TDM will return to ranked. TC already know full well it was a bad move taking it out, but it won’t come back til they make the necessary changes, but thinking the game is done over one ranked mode is silly. It seems TDM is your main source for this argument, and considering all the other problems, it’ll get ironed out, just like all the bugs and everything else at some point. A gears fan never truly quits gears, we just wait til it’s fun and good again. Some day, it’ll be good again. It’s possible it might not happen til 6, which would really suck, but we gotta be hopeful cause if too many of us give up on gears, it might go away for good. I don’t want that, I don’t think you do either. We’ve given TC 8 months now to get 5 in a better place. What’s 2-3 more?)