I’ve discussed this in some other places but I really want the developrs to see what I have to say and my hope is that this is the best place to do it.
I have no issues with the team adding a battlepass system to the game, I’m eager to have ways to support the devs and this game that I love. But I feel like there are, and could be, some huge issues with the battle pass system.
First off, the UI gives so, SO little information about the battle pass.
I look at the battlepass screen and I see the rewards and levels, but where is the information about how long the battle pass has been running?
How long it will be until the next pass?
Is there a deadline to earn the items like there is with the majority of battle pass systems?
I have no idea, it doesn’t seem to say anywhere, and if it does it’s not nearly clear enough. You really need to make that information very upfront so people know what they’re getting into.
That being said, if the battle pass in Conan does have an end date, a finite amount of time to complete, I BEG the developers to change that. I understand that’s the norm with Battle Passes, and I’m sure there are plenty of people that are comfortable with it given that’s what they’re used to. But surely you can see how much of an unfriendly move that is for the cosnumer?
We pay money for access to the battle pass because we want to support the devs and we like the look of some of the rewards, and then we have to work to unlock the items. On top of that, you then also say we only have so many weeks to do the work or those items we paid money to access are taken away from us?
Not everybody has a huge amount of time to dedicate to the game. People have families, full time jobs, disabilities that limit the amount of time they can spend in game. Hell, maybe some people just don’t LIKE to play in such high quantities and want to mix up how they’re spending the free time they have.
From my experience so far, it seems like the battle pass is a very slow grind, so anybody in one or more of the situations above could well struggle a lot.
Halo Infinite did a lot of things wrong, but I will praise them to no end for letting you buy a pattle pass and have access to it forever. No time limit, you just complete it whenever you want. You paid for it, you should be able to take your own damn time earning the items in it.
Hopefully this is something Funcom aggrees with.
Another point that definitely has impact on the point above;
The progression is astonishingly slow.
I’ve had some time off work so I’ve spent a good amoutn of time in the game over the past few days, and I feel like the progress I’m making is incredibly slow.
But here’s the thing, I’m doing it all in creative mode, like many people on the forums and reddit are recommending. Just spawning in creatures and killing them, zipping around to get everything done quickly.
If it’s taking this long to grind through those levels using creative mode I can’t imagine how heinously long it must take for anybody trying to do it legitemately.
And here’s the thing, I WANT to do it legitemately.
I don’t want to rely on creative mode to complete the battle pass. I think one of the benefits of a battle pass is that when done right, they can be actively fun! They can encourage you to play the game slightly differently. They give you some new objectives to chase. If I knew I could take all the time I need, and the progression wasn’t so incredibly slow, i’d very happily just buy the battle pass right now and chip away at it as I play the game. I’d love to have that as an option. Instead I feel like if I don’t try and grind through it all in creative mode I have no chance at all of finishing the battle pass given the amount of time I’m able to put into the game, and that just isn’t fun.
I’m not going to buy the battle pass unless I manage to complete it, or at least get far enough in that I have access to everything I want. Knowing that I might not get far enough in is holding me back from putting that money down.
I honestly love this game so much, it’s my #1 playtime on Steam for a reason.
I would LOVE the excuse to give the game more of my money.
I just don’t know that I can justify it without that security of knowing putting money into the battlepass isn’t just throwing money away on a boring grind for items I might not even manage to get.
And I know I’m not the only person that feels this way.
I’d honestly be elated to hear that the developers were making the battle pass available indefinitely upon purchase.
And, please in the future, consider making the grind a bit less intense…
All of this is said with love from a huge Conan Exiles fan, just one with a limited amount of time and money.