Recent events should have been fresh enough for most of you to remember how this years Crimefest has been… rather controversial. The fan outrage has reached such a velocity, that the debacle even got an article at Forbes, with the article saying that the “Payday 2 Fans have every right to be upset”.
A small synopsis for you. Crimefest 2015, an event that traditionally has always been about free content rewards unlocked by effort of the fanbase, started its Day 1 of rewards with Microtransactions. Skins, more specifically, that give stat bonuses to your weapons and are found in safes given out as post-mission loot. As per CS:GO and TF2 tradition (except for the stat bonuses), these were up until now only able to be opened with drills you could buy for actual money.
But now part of that has been somewhat mended. Crimefest Day 6 brings a new Heist, the infamous First World Bank, along with drills now being added to the possible loot drops after a successful Heist. To be frank, the latter only partly solves the issue. These drills are not only still available for purchase, but there has been no sign that the stat bonuses are to be removed either, which a big part of the fanbase is adamant about wanting gone as well.
In truth, we’ll probably never know whether this was planned from the start or not. The fact the lootable drills come with a Heist that has been looked forward to for a long while gives the idea that this may have been slapped on quickly after-the-fact. Why else would you include two big announcements in the same day and have mediocre rewards on others? We may never find out. But at least it seems Overkill is intent on mending the damage that has been done.
How do you feel about it? Think the damage has been mended well enough, or what should Overkill do next?