I decided to step back from Warframe. Why? Because of changes no one asked for, because of the exponential grind DE has equated to game longevity and DE having allowed the riven mafia to rule the day(because some one has to buy plat to afford those prices)
The one that bugs me most is the idea that grinding = longevity. I have every NES console, PS2-4 and a jacked PC that can do full grafics on any game including VR. Game favorites? Glad you asked. ALL of the Zelda games, ALL of the metroid games, Myst, Riven, BG, IWD, NWN1 and 2(not online) The entire Elderscrolls collection(except online) and even pikmin. Why? Because those were great games. And I still play them. Up to and including Guass, I only needed login weapons to have everything in the game. It was great. No grind. And I still played, still had fun and just enjoyed the game.... because it was a great game. Over the many years I have played, the game has gotten more and more and more grindy. Constant grind is NOT fun. I prefer my purpose to whoop the tough guys. I challenge myself with trying to figure out how to solo everything.
And I dont copy meta builds. I work on what's meta for me. Improve my frame to suit my play style. I make what's meta for me. I have frames that most people stop at 4 forma that have 7. I spend a lot of time making sure that the frame is the best I can do for what I enjoy. Im sick of spending all of my time grinding out the new parts longer than it took before Warframe turned into Grindframe. Grinding, while a needed part of gaming, should NEVER be the focus of longevity. None of my Nintendo NES thru Cube games get updates or new content and I still play them. Cant get online to play Diablo 1 on a windows 98 machine and I still play it.
Better and more interesting content. I've never spent money on this game to avoid the grind. I've spent money on this game because I like it. If I want to avoid the grind for something I want, I take something I've got in inventory and sell it for plat. My $$ is spent on slots, cosmetics, materials for dojo(used to ) etc. I support the game financially because it's good. And I cant do that with the current state of things.
The main issue for me is that it annoys me to work as hard as I do to build meta for me and then have all of that time turned into a meaningless waste. I put a lot of time and effort into keeping my Ember relevant to the game. Whether or not I like the changes means nothing. What Im whining about is the lv to 30, forma, lv to 30, forma, etc etc that has to be repeated because DE decided to make a change. It's not the forma. I have 50 forma and 109 BPs. It's the waste of my time. And wasting my time isnt fun. It's what makes me leave games. It kills the intensive to do anything because I know at some point, DE will do it again.
So, Im taking a break. Im hoping Quality and Content get held up over what squeezes money out. Quality gets more money than forced longevity.