Today we are launching a new S-Class figher, Laopo. While we’re excited to have this new character in the game, we wanted to acknowledge a few things about S-Class characters and our ongoing discussions with the Player Council.
We’ve spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks deeply engaged with the Player Council and they’ve already had a direct impact on the game (ie existing and future Arenas changes, upcoming Leagues Season 7 changes). Regarding S-Class, the Player Council has voiced to us a couple of specific concerns:
- The release of S-Class characters is further widening the power gap between the different tiers of players.
- The acquisition of the S-Class Collectibles (ie Blue Keys, Ice Cream Cones) is too slow through engagement-based modes.
The Player Council also voiced that the release of a third S-Class today was not ideal and that the above concerns need to be addressed before the release of more S-Class fighters. We understand and acknowledge the above concerns and are working with the Player Council on solutions to make the S-Class character acquisition a better experience. That said, given our production schedules and technical constraints, we were not able to shift our release of Laopo and she will be in-game today.
Although you will see a new powerful S-Class fighter out in the wild now, we’re already working to address the concerns outlined by the Player Council. Specifically, you will see tangible changes in-game in the following areas:
S-Class Collectibles are going to be more widely accessible through engagement-based modes:
- Raid Drops (found in “Drop Crates” during Raid tournaments)
- Daily Roadmaps
- War Crates
- Tournament Milestones (coming soon)
To demonstrate that we recognize that we have room to improve on the issues outlined above between now and the next S-Class release, all players will receive a free reward that gives them the choice of 500 Blue Keys or 500 Ice Cream Cones. You should see this in your inbox in the next 48 hours.
We hope this demonstrates our ongoing commitment to continue to improve on the experience in the game and we look forward to sharing more details on future updates in the near future.