The most obvious issue is that the 5* unlock and potential (and I say potential because even though it is live in game, it has not yet been confirmed WAI by devs) purchase of shards via GET1 is designed to serve two purposes. The first is that it is probably the least hoarded currency at this time, making it the slowest 7* path. The second is that it is clearly designed to starve us of this currency (and therefore slow our farms or make us spend crystals to work on g12 pieces in shops or via refreshes).
The second key issue why everyone should be upset isn’t just because the (rumored) requirements may be insane for a 5* character, but that said 5* character will be at least three gear tiers behind every current toon. When Malak dropped, he was a g11 toon in a sea of g12s. That’s one gear level, meaning he could still function (and thrive). By gating g12 behind 7*, you have pushed Gen Ani at least three tiers behind everyone else. I say at least three because the relics are a slightly more difficult to quantify value relative to gear levels, so I have chosen to view all relic levels as a single gear tier.
Finally, by unlocking him at 5* and slowing the shard acquisition to starve us of GET1, you prevent Gen Ani from being usable in raids or LS TB (which, I personally thought he would be used for a la CLS in Hoth). This serves to further limit and gate content, content which is specifically referenced in the Dev Insights for where Gen Ani can shine.
- Ani is being gated behind GET1 to starve us of that specific currency
- He will be at least three gear tiers behind the meta for months
- in the Dev Insights they reference his raid usage, I doubt anyone unlocking Gen Ani is worried about Tier 5 raids.
Please reconsider the GET1 emphasis, or (and I hate that I am bargaining here) please consider making him purchasable at the same rate via GET2 as well as with GET1. It still will starve us of vital G12/12+/finisher currency, and even slow negotiator farms, but it also helps roll out Gen Ani at 7* before LS Geo TB and the raid next year.