New Phase Wings
Hi relatively new player here (been playing for under a year) and I just wanted to chime in on the new phase wings that were released in the patch recently. I feel as though a lot of the end-game content is obtainable through a lot of grinding and perseverance but the upgrades for the new phase wings feel like something completely unrealistic. I enjoy the PVE aspects of the game so I took the time to save up and get my sig costumes/tunes/equips and while it took a long time it didn't seem unrealistic to work towards a few hundred mil per costume piece or save up phase fibers and whatnot.
For me, it's valuable that every player up to this point has been on relatively even ground (other than the fact that you would need to use real money to continue enhancing gear) and I feel like my character has never had a severe disadvantage regarding gear. I feel respectably strong enough even compared to whales, but these phase wings just seem completely impossible to upgrade for your average F2P (or someone who spends a bit of money for elite) player and it feels painful to have a big gap in stats that basically needs to be bought with real money.
First off is the Splendid phase fibers-it costs a ton of credits and time to save up phase fibers to upgrade costumes to 3 stars and then salvage them. This is totally fine though in my book because the avenue to gain these materials is completely accessible-it just takes some dedication.
The issue comes up in the other two mats needed to upgrade the new phase wings: Costume fusion fibers are not available in any form other than through events and EMP - I see that there's about two or three being given out for free and then you can also craft one during the current event. This covers about the first two upgrades and then there is 102 fibers left to get the other 8 upgrades. Each of these fibers run 290 EMP ($2.90) X 102 = $295.80 for the rest of the fibers...Is this the only way or will future events pass out more of these fibers? Will we ever be able to actually get all 102 through events?
Then the last material needed are the Phase Wing Essences - This seems like an insurmountable task-while it is possible to get all of them with credits, Phase wings generally run about 600 mil each in the black market (and each phase wing drops one essence) and we need a total of 55 essences to upgrade the wings to 10+. This would mean 55 X 600,000,000 = 33 billion...once again it feels like this large advantage in stats is only afforded to those who are willing to pay out of their wallets and it feels awful.
I love the game and I appreciate this community I've interacted with and I honestly want to see the game have a comeback in popularity-I've come to understand a lot of the community has said the game is dying/whales are keeping it alive so one side of me understands why content like this comes out-but the other part of me feels as though these pay to win/get stronger stat gimmicks really hurts the community and lowers incentive to play and stay loyal to the game.