From what I understand, the devs are trying to ease new players into the game with helpful leveling items and free gear. It’s nice and all but I don’t think giving things away for free is the whole answer to this problem. Hear me out.
I have no idea how to properly ichor things or even where to do so unless I google the hell out of it. Ichors are extremely important in this game though so you’d think it would be expressly explained at some point in game. It isn’t. I can’t even find a help topic about it in game.
As a new player I have no idea how to even quest properly. Unless someone explains that you can click the + under Episodes Quest list you’re going to be lost very quickly. It’s like everything is seamless progression and guidance through quests until you finish the first 2 episodes and then have to manually select quests one at a time.
I had a companion that I couldn’t mount (the free one I was given by the companion NPC). Couldn’t mount it unless I was the right class. Later I found a youtube vid that taught me about the anniversary dlc with a pet that anyone could mount any time. This was when I was already done with ep 12.
It’s like everything up to level 400 is useless filler at this point. It’s all just a means to an end and therefore feels like a slog that is only worth doing the first time. You can’t skip cutscenes you have already seen and you can’t receive the character-bound episode rewards on your alts.
Speaking of alts… so much stuff cannot go in team storage. My first character was a cleric and of course I had no clue what I was doing when I made it. Those useful items can’t be sent to team storage for my other characters to use now and it makes no sense. It’s odd and annoying how separated each character is despite being on the same ‘team’.
The 1 week of no marketplace is terrible. Additionally the lack of storage space is also pretty bad as a new player because of this marketplace restriction. So you either vend your mats to npcs for literal peanuts or toss it on the ground because you can’t sell it to other players and you definitely do not have the storage space to hold onto it for later.
The difficulty spike is massive once you go to a lv 400 map. Without that +11 10 Star free gear I am powerless there. My alts can’t get by there and I really just don’t even know where to begin with making up for that with new gear. The game doesn’t tell me enough. I don’t know man.
I get that a lot of you will look at this and think I’m some pleb that didn’t try hard enough but I’m simply trying to paint the picture as a brand new player. These are the things I think this game could work on if they want the newcomers to stay. I hope nobody is offended or upset because that is not my intention. And of course you may know some useful things that I don’t, but that’s kind of the whole point here-- this game is confusing.