Q: If Ranked Battles succeed, would you consider implementing them for other Tiers (like VIII and VI)?
A: There is always space to make tweaks to the mode. This season is Beta for us. After the end of the season and collecting the data, we can consider tweaks to the mode. But for now we have no plans to extend the Tier limitation.
Q: Although it’s too early to tell, don’t you think Improved Equipment will widen the gap between players?
A: It is really early to tell, but we can assure you that we will collect the data for the Improved equipment to make sure, they are not negatively affecting the game balance.
Q: Only the best will be rewarded with enough Bonds to afford Improved Equipment. While that’s exactly the aim of competition, at the end of the day these successful players will count with an enormous benefit when compared to other players. Isn’t that a way of unbalancing the game?
A: That’s why we are focusing on having missions/specials for Bonds in Random battle mode. We want to give all of our players the option to get the Bonds.
Q: Will it be possible to get Bonds in a way other than Ranked Battles? If so, which one?
A: This question was already partly answered in previous one. There will be definitely an option to get the Bonds in regular game modes for different specials and missions. For now we have to really keep eye on numbers of Bonds in-game in order to be able to tweak the conditions accordingly.
Q: Sometimes we are awarded with Equipment/Consumables for completing a specific mission. Would it be possible to do the same with Improved Equipment/Directives?
A: For now we are checking our possibilities for the future. For now we don’t have specific answer for this question.
Q: Some players in NA are still experiencing troubles with their contact lists. Are you working on a definite fix for this?
A: As far as I know these are server related issues occurring only on NA server for now. I don’t have any further information.
Q: What’s your personal opinion regarding Improved Equipment?
A: For me personally the Improved equipment is more about the feeling. It’s the same as playing with premium consumables. I feel better when I have them, but on the other hand I don’t feel they are necessary to keep myself competitive.
Q: According to the players’ answers in the forums so far, what’s the general view about Ranked Battles? What about Improved Equipment/Directives?
A: Mode itself has some positive feedback, but we need to improve the mode. This season was only beta season and it will show us which way to go in the future. The biggest issue for the players are the rewards. The perception of them is really negative. This was caused by communication issue. We didn’t clearly stated that Bonds are not Ranked battles exclusive content in the very beginning.
Source: Massive thanks to Reporte de Batalla for taking their time doing and translating the Q&A.