Let me put this out there first, and I'm not asking for any input on this matter (as my business is my own), but I would definitely be considered a whale. I imagine that I would be in the top .1% of all spenders in the game. Yes, I said top one-tenth of one percent.
Be that as it may, I sit here in attempts to voice an opinion not only for myself, but for players of all calibers.
This new update brings some significant changes to the current state of the game, and before that happened many promises were made that gave all players hope that the bonds would be loosened, not tightened. As it sits in its current form, I must say that I am disheartened by what I've seen. I understand that this game is in its infancy, but the direction it is going in seems to have taken two steps backwards.
Let me point directly at the shard shop as my first example-
It was my impression that this shop would allow players of all kinds to use their useless extra shards (which many were gained from opening Chromium packs) for an increase in character development.
I believe that this was not accomplished.
I am one of the few players who have every character (outside of Rex, Vader) at 7 stars. When I first opened the shard store, I was offered two shards of six different characters that I had, didn't need, and had no ability to refresh. Immediately shard shop had no use for me.
Others may not have the character inventory that I do, yet I know many who were in the very same position. Some weren't even heavy spenders...
If there is no change to what is offered in the shard shop, then it will eventually be another aspect of this game many will avoid. I mean, we will all eventually get a good portion of toons to 7 stars.
My suggestion- Add ability and gear materials. Allow a refresh. That minor change would suffice.
My next example is this credit and droid event-
Before this update, I could use 50 energy for 110k credits or a decent handful of training droids.
Now, I can't even net a guaranteed 1/6th these amounts. 24 energy for 8.4k credits?
How did this adjustment make any sense when it was discussed in the development round table? I understood that you would decrease the amounts due to lower energy costs and daily activation, but seriously? No one will use this as a means to net credits or droids, so another feature players will likely avoid.
Now, I feel it necessary to point out that these features are tied directly to increased character development. Without shards, droids, credits, or ability to fetch gear/ability materials, people will quickly become stagnant in character growth.
Please, Devs, I beg that you open the gates a just a smidgen.... if not, then expect many people to consider this game one that they play every now.and then....
I don't want it to come to that.