DLC 5 titled Arktech Revolution arrived yesterday. It brought with it changes for everyone regardless of if you owned the DLC.
Shields now give you armor plates which reduce damage, your EGO Rating determines the threat level of an encounter which determines the enemies difficulty.
However with these increased difficulties I have not found an increased reward. In some circumstances this is okay, for example during an incursion siege where people usually spawn camp things with detonators. This isn’t as much of a problem now as enemies last longer so you have the potential to earn more points as you shoot them.
The problem I encountered last night was when someone in the clan called for help over an emergency at threat level 10. I jumped in and was amazed at the difficulty, it took a huge amount of time and several people joining us before we completed the emergency and we only received standard rewards.
I felt cheated, like the time I invested into that encounter didn’t translate into an increased reward. I didn’t notice any increased rewards as drops on the ground from the more difficult enemies or any increased rewards as the event ended.
I guess there is a reason that people on the forums called it “the bullet sponge patch”.
I have faith that Trion doesn’t intend this behavior, and that it will be addressed. But how long will it take and will it be too late? who knows.