Hi-Rez Gets Into Hot Water With Paladins Loot Changes

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor
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Hi-Rez Studios' latest changes to Paladins' currency isn't going over well with fans.

As summarized by Massively, with help from MMOBomb staffers who are more knowledgeable about the game than I, the latest patch made grinding for new heroes exceptionally ... well, grindier. It introduced a new kind of reward, Essence, which apparently puts new, free-to-play players at a significant disadvantage when it comes to earning enough currency to buy stuff.

All of this apparently has players up in arms, at least judging by a highly upvoted thread on the Paladins subreddit. In response, the game's lead designer posted a new plan on Reddit that would see the Essence cost of legendary cards reduced by 33% and more than quadrupling Essence received from duplicate common cards. A future patch will make new player progression friendlier by awarding additional Essence for various achievements.

All in all, it's quite the mess, with terms like "pay to win" and "cash grab" being tossed about liberally by players. As Star Wars: The Old Republic learned with Galactic Command, if you're going to change how people acquire stuff, make sure you get it absolutely right or there will be hell to pay. What do you guys think of the changes, and Hi-Rez's response to the complaints?

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About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (5)

Dreadlox 5 years ago
Wow, people are really butthurt these days... The card system are okay i think. But i see some aim lately. Or maybe the killcam is bugged, but players aim like robots.

Trumbles 5 years ago
Having just started two days ago, coming from Overwatch after hearing how bad they f*.. It doesn't really seem that bad. The game is fun, and I've yet to run into any problems.

trionisshitzzzz 5 years ago
Ugly shit game, hard to believe someone play this poop, 1 minute matches, all classes are the sam just witgh different animation, super smal maps super short battles, sometimes u one shot everyone sometims u not, total crap for degenerates.Shit company also, i hate mobas its for brainless who can play one mapv over and over forever.They better make global agenda 2 they thes cashgrap poop.

SnakeSh00t 5 years ago
I think its okey not good but okay yes you need first the cards to get the essense but the chests are 2500 gold i am playing since closed beta and i have a founders pack i have at the moment 554k gold and now i can do someting with my gold and you become about 36k essence whenyou copleted the tutorial and 72k more when you have founderspack and i think for achievments to but in one 4 chests i have become 5000 essence or someting like that but it can be a littlebit deppressiv when a new player play against veterans but its f2p and hirez needs to make money too with this game (Sry for my bad English)

zabi 5 years ago
Hirez has lately been quite disrespectful to their community. Making videos about responding to mean comments (WTF!!!) and insulting the sub Reddit is just stupid.


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