Whelp..... I don't want to say I called it, but I TOTALLY CALLED IT!!! Anyway, I'm not going to discuss the idiocy that is Catlike and the stupid new movement meta it's going to create. I'm not going to discuss the stupidity that is Minor Cloak and the watering down of class features it's a prelude to. I'm not going to discuss any of the implants specifically because - although I have my own opinions - we'll have to give it some time in actual gameplay to see how it works out. I'm not even going to discuss how the new implant system is P2W because it lets you purchase combat power with real cash..... What I AM going to discuss is PRICES - because now we have the information to drag DBG over the coals. Exactly like I expected (and hoped not to have to) to..... Let's start with the conversion of the old implants to ISO-4 (the new upgrade currency). Conversions Charger - 5 ISO Super Chager - 60 ISO Uber Charger - 300 ISO L1 Implant - 10 ISO L2 Implant - 50 ISO L3 Implant - 250 ISO L4 Implant - 1,250 ISO Now, obviously everybody's in a different position regarding their previous implant inventory, so let's take a complete set of implants and 100 chargers as a baseline - i.e. all the toys and enough energy to run them for ages. (5 x 100) + (7 x 10) + (8 x 50) + (11 x 250) + (8 x 1,250) = 13,720 ISO That sounds like a lot, right? Let's see how it stacks up against the upgrade costs. Upgrade costs Upgrade from 1 -> 2 : 75 ISO Upgrade from 2 -> 3 : 225 ISO Upgrade from 3 -> 4 : 900 ISO Upgrade from 4 -> 5 : 2,475 ISO Suddenly that 13k ISO doesn't look so much when compared against an upgrade cost of 3,675 ISO per implant. Of which there are 10, so 36,750 ISO in total required. So our theoretical example of a full set with energy to spare converts into a total of 3.7 implants upgraded - out of the 10 released. Seems like a kick in the balls to me, I dunno about you. OK, so how do we go about acquiring more ISO to upgrade the rest of our implants? Simple... pay up in certs or cash. Let's look at those prices. Price analysis Basic bundle - 3 implants - 300 certs - 199 DBC Deluxe bundle - 9 implants - 750 certs - 449 DBC Obviously, the deluxe bundle is a better deal in terms of certs / DBC per implant, so let's be generous and look at that one only. Assuming you have all the new L1 implants and recycle everything you buy, a 9-pack will break down into 225 ISO. So, in order to upgrade just ONE more implant, it'll cost you 16.3 Deluxe packs - 12,225 certs or 7,319 DBC. If you're an average-ish player you can probably earn around 100 certs per hour. That means, to unlock and upgrade ONE implant (of 10), will cost you 123 HOURS or, if you play 3 hours a day, every day, 1.3 MONTHS! In terms of cash, if we use the best cash->DBC conversion rate (assuming you don't buy DBC on sale somewhere), upgrading a single implant will cost you approximately $62. I'll leave currency conversions to you. If you want to upgrade all 10 implants, it will be 122,250 certs (more than my BR 110 has earned in his entire CAREER of over 60 days gameplay) or $620. And this, apparently, is only the FIRST WAVE of implants! I dunno about you, but that all seems MASSIVELY overpriced. Now, I've seen people out there who had so much stuff saved up that they converted with TONS more ISO than they need to upgrade all the implants. But even THEY are going to have to buy implant packs because you can't upgrade the implant until you actually unlock the L1 version in one of your packs! And even if you ignore the "special" 0.05% drop-rate implants, 4 out of 10 of the new implants have a ~2% drop rate which means that even people who have all the ISO the need are probably going to have to buy ~6 Deluxe packs - costing 4,500 certs or $23. And what about new members, while we're at it?! They're starting with ZERO ISO..... and facing massive cert/cash walls to purchase these implants (and let's be fair, some of them are pretty necessary to remain competitive). Actually, I'm going to break my previous promise. Planetside has, with this update, crossed over into P2W territory in no uncertain terms. I'm done. I'm going to cancel my subscription tonight and, if I EVER buy DBC again, I'm certainly not going to spend it on implants! I invite you to join me.