I know that at TRS before a balance patch goes live, there is a lot of testing going on to make sure that it is well balanced. But as we all know when the patch is live people find exploits or very strong hunter combinations which screw over characters who would be close to balanced by themselfes. So the more player can input gameplay to test the changes, the better the balance right?
So my suggestion would be that since 2-weekly balance updates are not really realistic, how about the current balance build being uploaded on an exclusive invitational server (most likely PC exclusive due to Sony and MS policies). It would be like an Alpha inside the Full Version
And before you ask: No, I do not intend to be one of those invited testers myself (I dont have the time). My motivation comes from a balance oriented point of view. I would rather see very experienced people like a few competetive players or experienced cows like @MaddCow being invited to those server and give additional feedback and more importantly telemetry on planned balance changes.
The big advantage compared to the small balance updates for everyone is that there would not be any promise of quality. For example the Devs would say: Here is what we are currently working on, but dont even bother with the new Bucket, we already know that we screwed that one over, but you cant take a look at Sunny, we did some adjustments to her, see how it goes.
Of course these test-servers should never see the unannounced WIP-characters
- Invitational Test Servers
- Test Servers for everyone who dares to play with it
- Frequent balance updates would be better
- Don’t waste time and ressources on this