Eight days later, I feel I should note that in this time, playing 10+ hours a day, I’ve not had one single worthwhile upgrade drop…
The most important upgrade you can get is a MKIII reactor. But there are three types (‘houses’), and the only one that drops from enemies is Zetki, which is basically useless. It’s all about avionics capacity, and I just had a Zetki MKIII reactor with +11 capacity drop. The reactor you start with is +30 (and the one most people have by now, from their clans, is +50. The best you can get, if you’re extremely lucky, is +100)… So drops from enemies are useless and the only way to get a good one is to hope for a bonus reward drop from mission completion. That’s a 2% drop chance. And if you should be lucky enough to get one (I never have), the capacity is RNG, so there’s a good chance it’ll be no better than what you have.
Which means it’s basically close to impossible to upgrade your Railjack.
It’s pretty astounding, really. Digital Extremes spent what must have been around two years on this project, and then they balance things so people are going to hate it within two weeks. … I have no idea what the fuck they were thinking.
And yes, it’s beta-ish and whatnot, but they released it just before the Christmas holiday, so people had plenty of time to realize how futile it was and get fed up, and there’s been no updates during the holiday, of course (and before the holiday, not much was done other than a nerf to a resource drop needed for upgrades. So that was great too).
Feels like they hired one of these typical misanthropic MMO ‘economy’ consultants who throw a hissyfit if something takes the player a mere 1000 hours if it could take 1200. Not happy about that at all (I don’t know whether they actually hired one or if they just got greedy or panicky, but the result is so far the same).
I’ve never seen a MMO dev with as much goodwill from their community as DE has, but they really need to be careful they don’t squander it on idiotic decisions. I very much hope they’ll get their shit together very quickly.
So, in conclusion, Railjack is fun, still, but, at this point, also pretty futile because you quickly run into a brick wall that you can’t do anything about. And that’s really a shame because there is something to it.