It’s been a fun weekend to kickoff the new year for Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). By “fun” of course I mean it’s been time for damage control and calm heads on social media platforms, and (predictably) SOE and SOE President John Smedley, fell a bit short.
First, the change. Implants in PlanetSide 2 are soldier add-ons that modify a number of game features, stats, and abilities such as reducing camera shake from explosions and auto spotting enemies that have damaged you. The 4 tiers of implants offer a wide variety of combat options.
In the latest game update, a patch note calls out that “overall Implant rates have been adjusted to accommodate the inclusion of new Tier 4 implants.”
Basically, implant drop rates in game were reduced leaving many players feeling like SOE was pushing then into the Cash Shop.
How did SOE respond to player concerns? In a way that is sure to anger many PlanetSide 2 players, of course!
Among the cries of “P2W,” John Smedley took to his own Twitter to announce that:
He followed up later by saying that the original implant drop rate was higher than intended and this change was technically a “fix” to that error.
The SOE response got even better when Community Manager, Tony Jones, took to Reddit with the totally non-combative reply (sarcasm) of, “Depends on how you define P2W. If implants are P2W, then yes you may not like everything in the future.”
Is this a P2W move? PlanetSide 2 players chime in below!