To get started I just wanna say that I love Evolve. I have put 300+ hours into this game since beta and I also preordered it. I really want this game to succeed but I do not understand the decisions the developers are making.
So, lets start by Shear Madness. In the last 1.5 weeks the player base went down from 8000-10000 to 4000-5000 players in-game at the same time. Every time I get into a lobby where the map is cataclysm everybody wants to skip. Overpowered is fun but still favors the hunters. Deepest Dark is a joke. U made a whole new “mode-map” just for coop and most people play it once and they dont have the need to play it again. The whole this was really rushed and it feels incomplete. Yes, i know its a beta map but still u could have waited and focused more on some really big problems. I mean this is a multiplayer mainly game. If you wanted us to play against bots on special maps with lore and themes you should have made a singleplayer game. We have only 4 normal maps in this game while Legacy evolve had about 16.
New character variants are cool but too complex and can only really work if you play with a coordinated team. People dont seem to understand that R. Abe is weak in domes and that C.Caira needs the best positioning to work. In normal games with randoms there characters dont get to shine. U keep giving us bigger level caps. I have all characters, perks and most of the skins + 70000 keys. I dont even have a feeling of progression especially when nobody can see my profile lvl.
The extra xp weekend was very unfair for everybody who had to play and grind to get something done (elite skins), now you only need 15 or so games and you are elite with a character. It gets even worse. People play 10 games on a hunter…lets say lazarus and get elite status. They go into ranked thinking they are now pros and go against an elite goliath who got elite cuz he played 50+ games before this event. Ofc. the laz gets instakilled.
And now comes ranked. I grinded 2 weeks to get to silver destroyer on monster and 2 days later u delete the rankings. After 2 months of searching I finally find a good team of hunters and we wanna find out how good are we and you delete ranked. The main problem were the hackers so you erased the leaderboards. Now we have no ranked whatsoever. Why not focus on better security against hackers instead of punishing all of us who played normally. Now we cant get a rank but the hackers can still destroy our fun on arcade mode. Why leave ranked, now hunt beta when we cant get a sense of progression or achievement? Give us ranked seasons and reset ranks every month. Some ranked rewards would be nice too. If you see that somebody is cheating in the leaderboards just delete him at the end of the month and problem solved.
Just listen to all the old legacy players and streamers. Every streamer I watched had complaints about the new patches and matchmaking in particular.
Once again, I really love this game but I fear if this keeps up Evolve will soon this the bottom with 200 active players. AGAIN.