It was an unpleasant surprise to learn that the Blue Rampage coating I had unlocked from the battle pass wasn’t compatible with the MkVb, you know, the armor that you unlock from the same battle pass. This is needlessly restrictive, and drastically reduces the customization options we have at a practical level. That also had me worried that the plan was to eventually sell the same coating to us repeatedly with future armor cores as “new” content. Well, while poking around on the waypoint app, I found something unfortunate. New user so I can’t post images or links, but Neon Honor (for the event armor) and Neon Superfly (mk7) are identical. Vermillion Flame and Vermillion Fire are identical. Yikes.
Same exact coatings, slightly different names for different armor cores, and these were jus the two that jumped out at me. This is blatantly anti-consumer. It is the same coating, the same game asset, but shown as a different item. Not acceptable, and not a good business practice.
Lets say I adore a specific armor core. I’m not going to pay attention to any shop listings that aren’t compatible with that core right? Well, as long as coatings are restricted by-core, why consider a bundle if it has nothing for me? If coatings were universal, or you unlocked the equivalent coating for all cores when you got it, then suddenly I have an incentive to check the bundles that include coatings even if I don’t care for the included armor.
Lets consider the opposite, I really adore a specific coating, it’s close to my colors from previous games. As long as that coating is locked to a specific armor core, I have no incentive to consider parts for any other core, until an equivalent coating is available. How many shop rotations would get ignored? That’s potential sales wasted and money left on the table.
As it stands now, if I want my armor cores to match, my only options are to settle for a default coating (losing my coating sales for the forseeable future) or for me to have to watch the shop like a hawk so that I don’t miss my favorite coating’s equivalent for a different core. That encourages unhealthy player behavior, and I expect more from large developers in this day and age.
Furthermore, since these duplicates have different names, for similar color schemes I’d have to do a side-by-side comparison to see if they are even the same. Take those almost-identical-blues in the MkVb. How is someone supposed to match a set of these for other cores if the name changes without schrutinizing the heck out of it.
Overall this makes the shopping experience way worse than it should be. I spend money on cosmetics in other free-to-play games, and I like to support the games I enjoy. The battle-pass is a no brainer for me, but I keep finding reasons to not buy the options from the shop. The core restrictions aren’t shown anywhere in the App when looking at a coating in the shop, so I have to check in-game on my PC or Xbox when the shop rotates, then I have to see which armor it’s compatable with, then I have to guess if it’ll look good with various other parts I’ve unlocked, and in the end it’s enough time to decide it isn’t worth buying. Why make me think that hard about a cosmetic?
If the coatings and visors were universal, I would likely end up dropping the price of two full games by the end of the first season on bundles, but so far I have only picked up the battle pass. Instead of trying on new parts with various color schemes as I unlock them, I disregard what I get, because I prefer the colors available on the other core. This really needs to change.