I'm a returning player - brought several of my whale friends here from Warframe to show them what this game has to offer.
They REALLY enjoyed the combat - but their concerns were that
"If we invest 1,000$ into this character - what does this game give to me in return?"
- High stats
"How is the social aspect of the game?"
- Game has a few core players but maintaining new/returning players that don't pay as much as you might have always proved difficult for this game.
-Huge time sink + demotivating enhancement system = less player base.
"I don't want to play by myself and if my non-whale can't play with me, this game it doesn't deserve my money."
-okay sorry dude
However we have to understand that they need to make $$ some how and this is the route they've chosen.
Our words mean all to them if we aren't the ones contributing the most/significant portion of the $.
If you can imagine the statistics for Vindi - It goes like this.
The low player base puts the financial burden on the whales. You spending 5$ this month and next month is nothing compared to the guy who dropped 500+$ for that rare costume. Even 10 of you wouldn't amount to that much, 100 even. Now you're getting higher and higher into whales:regular player $ ratios.
I'd wager its 1 whale : 750 regular players in terms of $ spent.
So, if you want them to do anything to this game to benefit the regular player base - you have to do your part in convincing their investors/whales to hold out on their spending for the game until the game improves for all of us.
However - this game is so old now. The moment the $$ drops below a $ threshold nexon is more likley to drop the game at this stage in its long lifespan.