The forums have been quite active lately! While we read all of your feedback and comments, we can’t always respond to questions and concerns you might have regarding the future of Hero Hunters. Sometimes, we’re not ready to discuss our plans. We don’t want to get your hopes up over something that might not happen. We value transparency, but we can’t always give it fully and freely.
That being said, I’m able to talk about a few things today. I can’t go into deep specifics all the time, but hopefully, this gives you an idea of where we’re going, based on what we’re able to share with you right now.
If your question or concern isn’t covered here, don’t worry! You’re not being ignored. We’re just not ready to talk about that specific concern yet, or answer your question to the level of detail you’re expecting.
And, as always, keep a grain of salt handy, as everything is subject to change based on a number of factors.
Shivs, 5* Heroes, and Bounties
Our goal with making Shivs a 5* Hero was to provide more value to newer players coming into Hero Hunters while giving established players a higher starting point in maxing her out. It might be hard for some to remember, but getting your first 5* Hero is a big moment, and can have a huge impact on your enjoyment of the game. It’s a taste of things to come, and gives you a good look at what Heroes can aspire to as they grow in strength. That gets more players playing Events and contributing to Alliances, which is always a good thing.
We knew going into this that some players might object to Shivs being 5*, because she takes longer to unlock due to the Daily Frag Limit on Co-Op Raids. This means that you’ll be unlocking her later than usual. To compensate, we always planned to make adjustments to Events, such as Bounties, that Shivs would be featured in. She’s harder to get, so relying entirely on her, even for spending players, isn’t entirely fair.
Look forward to increased bonuses from Shank to offset this, as well as boosts to other People’s Guard Heroes. This is a Faction event, so we want to ensure that you have a good pool of Heroes to choose from. There are some other under-the-hood changes already implemented that we can’t go into in detail, but trust that we’ve anticipated that Shivs is trickier to get than usual. We want spenders to feel like they’re getting a big boost when they choose to spend on a new Hero. We want all players to be able to eventually access a Hero, but to not feel like they can’t do anything in an event if they lack one specific Hero. As we get close to the 80 Hero mark, it’s important to remember that many Heroes have value at any given moment, and it’s not a one man/woman show. We’ve already made changes to reflect that.
We will likely keep producing 5* Heroes in the future. We may re-evaluate the Daily Frag Limit to find a middle ground, but as this is not a 100% Sure Thing, so please manage your expectations accordingly.
Giving Heroes Longer Tails
So, let’s talk about tails, and by that, I mean how long a Hero is considered “useful.” We design all our Heroes to work in a variety of team compositions and situations to provide a lot of fun and variety. We love our Heroes. We want you to use them!
However, we’re aware that for endgame players, there’s a tendency to get a new Hero, use them in that month’s bonused events, then leave them to gather dust, as they’re no longer the 100% optimal choice at the moment. That’s no good!
The plan, going forward, is to extend the bonus period. It’ll work like this:
- Shivs is our spotlight Hero release for October. She’ll have the highest bonus for any Event she’s featured in, as we want our players to get the most use out of her. Other Heroes will have bonuses, but Shivs is queen for October
- Come November, where [REDACTED] is the hot new hairstyle on the block, Shivs will still be featured as a bonus Hero. Her bonus won’t be as high as [REDACTED], but it’ll be enough that choosing to use her as a backup during events will still be worthwhile
By doing this, we hope to give more value to players who opt to spend to obtain a featured Hero early, while giving players who choose to grind out those Heroes a chance to get mileage out of them in events.
We still encourage you to explore different team compositions, as a solid team might provide more consistent results than always chasing the highest bonus values, but we acknowledge that it’s great to see those high numbers and big payouts, so this is a (hopefully) happy medium.
Skins, Skin Crates, Nanodust, and You
We don’t have anything to share today regarding the future of Skins, but know that we haven’t forgotten about your desire for more Skins for Heroes that don’t have them, and for different ways to earn Skins and Skin Tokens other than what’s provided. We don’t have much else we can say about them today. We just want you to know that it’s something we’re revisiting as we’re able.
A Note on Forum Policy
There have been some accusations of developer censorship that I want to address before we finish up today.
From time to time, you may disagree with decisions we make. You’re passionate players, and we’re glad that you care enough about Hero Hunters to speak your mind. We welcome it, whether your feedback is positive or negative.
This has more to do with the way a comment is presented than the content of the comment. Feel free to disagree with us, but make sure you’re still following the forum rules and guidelines, viewable from the FAQ. We don’t want to have to mod anybody’s comments, but our concern is for the community as a whole, and if we think that a topic could have been worded in a more constructive way, we may issue a flag or a warning depending on the severity of the comment. So long as you’re following the forum rules, you don’t need to worry about your voice going unheard.
That wraps it up for today! Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us, as always, and for understanding that we’re not always able to respond to every comment or provide the level of access you may be expecting.
We always strive to do better, so keep letting us know what you think in a constructive way.