This game has always been about grinding. Grinding for gear, survivors, resources etc. etc.
It’s core component is to improve so you can compete and be rewarded, which will help you improve even more.
I have no problem with playing a game where I have to grind for several weeks to be able to compete.
I’ve played ALOT of games where the players had to grind to improve. (Diablo 3, Path of Exile, The Division are a few examples of such games).
I loved D3 and I played it daily. But one day something changed. The developers made a decision to make it harder for the players to improve. Thus making it harder for them to compete. That’s when I stepped away from the game.
Fortunately for them and for me they listened to feedback from the community and made improvements. They made the grind more rewarding again. And it was fun to play the game again.
What I’m trying to say here is that I don’t think you understand what you are doing to this game. Or maybe you do, and just don’t care.
This game is about grinding. Whether you are a f2p or p2p, you just can’t escape the grind. We grind to improve. We grind to compete and win valuable rewards so we can improve even further.
What the state of the game and the last events have shown me is that Scopely doesn’t want us to improve, or doesn’t want us to improve as fast as we would want to. By having us compete for ridiculously bad “rewards”. By having items that the player needs for a special item or character in milestones at ludicrous levels.
You have basically taken away the things most of us enjoy and play for, by slowing the time it takes for us to improve down to snailspeeds and not giving us rewarding items and characters. And we are only left with the grind.
An increase in the grind needed to compete.
An increase in the grind needed to be rewarded.
An increase in the grind needed to have fun.
And if your players isn’t having fun then they will eventually leave for other games.
The black hole that is Scopely has sucked the fun parts away from this game for me. The feedback is here in the forums. Loud and clear. But that is also sucked into the black hole and left in the void.
And what’s the point to keep grinding for something that isn’t fun anymore?
What’s the point of giving feedback if it isn’t listened to?
What’s the point of a forum that lets players and developers communicate with eachother, when the words of some are empty promises?