I am a bit surprised about the developers' announcement indicating that only 4 particular mech models will be up for grabs regarding the Elite Founder's Package (EFP) and the latter seems to be something that will become very popular in the near future (according to new threads/polls that I have looked at, containing plenty of purchase statements already).
The effect would be that there will be lots of people running around in the same mech types. I wonder if this will be true to canon and, for instance, wonder if so many 100 ton Atlas mechs were actually existent at that time, so that it will not disproportionate the mech type equilibrium and reduce the diversity?
Wouldn't it be a good approach to randomize the 4 EFP mechs available instead? This would mean that a shuffling between mech types would take place so that everyone who opts for the EFP will be presented with 4 different kinds of in-game mechs from each weight class by the role of a dice (e.g. Raven, Cicada, Catapult, and Awesome) instead of sticking to the 4 particular mechs (Jenner, Hunchback, Catapult, and Atlas) as per developers' restrictions. However, the shuffling would occur after the EFP amount has been paid, so that the user cannot cancel the EFP purchase and hope for a new randomization of the 4 mechs. This would ensure that someone cannot repeat the EFP signup several times in order to get the one mech in a specific weight class that she/he likes the most (unless someone wants to pay for several EFP).
Will such an approach not benefit the gameplay by promoting a more balanced distribution of different mech types in MWO or will this be an irrelevant factor?
Naturally, I would also be curious to know what Piranha Games/IGP thinks about this ...
Edited by Zhanna Kerensky, 27 May 2012 - 09:35 AM.