I guess the devs have moved on. Some players too. I haven’t. And I won’t. That’s why I’m writing this. Call me stupid or whatever, I just might be. But I ain’t a quitter.
So this is going to be my idea of what could happen (It won’t but I’ll feel better after this). It all comes down to three steps.
-Get people in it
I know working for free is not a thing. I’ve done it and it was BAD. So that’s why money are needed. Now I have no idea how SD would evaluate the cost to execute anything with DB, but I’d guess that whatever the sum is they won’t be able to crowd fund it. But you can get help from The Chicken Overlords. Ain’t their job to sponsor you or something. On a side note, if I had the money, I wouldn’t mind just giving it for the cause. I’m sitting on a few lottery tickets but I wouldn’t wait for that.
There are some things that need to be done in order to enhance the Dirty Bomb experience. Get the match making in. It’s superior to to quick join in any way. If you’re worried about the wait time just limit the server browser. Focus all the official servers on matchmaking and have that be the way to play. The server browser can only display the community servers. I’m saying this as someone who extensively uses the browser. I’d take the ability to party up happily.
Don’t focus on gameplay changes. At this point we have to take what we can get and overextending won’t help.
Now here’s a fun thought. Put a price tag on the game. Make it 20 bucks, or what have you. Now obviously you can’t charge people who already own the game. But in the end i’m sure it’s better than relying on whales to fund your game. Have like a “supporter pack” for those who get the game or already have it. I’d want to buy it.
If the game is paid you’d have to switch up a bit the feature acquisition method. Don’t, like, make all mercs free. Getting a new merc felt really good to me. Ofcourse tweak the credit income in a few ways. Mostly by lowering the requirement for the missions and FFS if you complete all 3 just reroll them without a token. And another thing. You know how there is a default loadout. Not anymore just have it so that players have all 9 latest gen loadouts with no rarity. When it comes to skins like the obsidian ops just on purchase let players choose which loadout they want it for. Also get rid of the extra currencies. No more RADS and fragments. convert them into credits or something. Bring back the case drop every 2-3 matches. Bring back trading up! Have the dropped cases not have a cobalt in them. Alter the level up crate’s rewards. Instead of RADS add 3, 5 ,10 cases.
In the store instead of premium currency have direct purchase. Also screw steam community market support, but expand trading. All loadouts, weapon skins, you name it- tradable. Speaking of weapon skins. All should come in perfect condition and just have patterns like with the loadouts.
I believe these are pretty simple changes in terms of technical work. Except maybe matchmaking but that’s been done before.
Finally just advertise the game. Like don’t do trailers or ads. Just target your audience better. You know, people that play similar games. R6S, CS:GO, OW. Other companies with actual shit games advertise by sponsoring big youtubers. Reach out to such people. Give them “press account”, basically all mercs unlocked (and payment obviously), and have them show the game to their audience. Give them some codes to giveaway. As long as the price is competitive people will try it. And then would be more inclined to not bail if everything is not perfect. And ofcourse you’ll have to commit to more regular updates, however small. And new content will come later. Even if just in the form of skins (obsidian ops style not weapon skins style). Even if you dont add new mercs, which would be a shame, you can still make the game feel fresh by releasing a new gen of loadouts. But don’t forget maps too.
Now that’s just the thoughts that help me fall asleep at night. I don’t expect anyone to do something just cuz some chump said it on the internet.
And yes i most likely didn’t think this through, and lack insight, and probably speak out of my ass. But that keeps me sane you know. And if you(whoever wasted their time to read this) feel the need to tell me why SD would never do anything because reasons, don’t bother. I don’t care. But if anyone else likes daydreaming feel free to add somethin or whatever. And “It’s not that simple” is not a valid reason. Like hell it ain’t simple but that don’t mean it can’t or shouldn’t be done.
And SD I know you ain’t friends with Shiny anymore and all but remember when he said “SD just don’t give up.”? I believe him.