Hey everyone, I wanted to write up some of my thoughts around bringing back the old items. I know people have been looking up various statements I’ve made over the past almost two years now, and I figure this would be a good time to address things and let everyone know the reasoning behind what we’re doing, what we’re trying to achieve, and how we’ll continue to work on our process for bringing back old items. The long and short of it is that our position, that we want to continue bringing back items, hasn’t changed. The underlying reasoning is that we want this to be a fun, welcoming environment, where we can bring people in and show them this cool game we all love.
I am very against doing something that would cause new players to feel alienated or like they’ve missed out on something and won’t have a chance to experience things along with everyone else. I know for my part, I never liked it when I would play a game and I didn’t have the same opportunity as everyone else to earn or unlock everything, just because I came to it later. Even if it’s not true, it can feel like the community is insular and like they’re lording their special objects over everyone else. We think that the cosmetics should be a tool for expression and play, and we want to make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to get them.
That said, we also hear very clearly that a lot of people want items to remain special because they love the game so much and want to show how much time and effort they’ve spent supporting the game. I think that most people who feel uncomfortable with the way some of the items are coming back are not thinking that for selfish reasons, but because they do want to celebrate the fact that they’ve been here for a long time and have been really dedicated to the game. I hope you can believe me when I say we hear these thoughts and we do feel that it’s special that so many people have been so into the game for as long as they have been. This has caused us to start throwing around a lot of ideas for how we might recognize our long-time supporters. We don’t have anything to announce at this time, but we’ll have something more to talk about soon.
Based on this philosophy, you can expect a lot of the old cosmetics to return and that we will continue to do Flashback sales and other sales for bringing back past items. Please keep an eye out for anything you might be interested in!The only items released so far that we are not planning on bringing back:
-The Early Access Supporter Pack
-The GT1 Badge
-The 2022 New Year Glasses
For now, the Early Access Supporter Pack is still available, and the exclusive items in there (the Early Access badge, the Chrome Cowboy hat, and the Sunny Sunhat) are still purchasable. However, this pack will itself also be going away at some point in the future.
We will clearly and specifically announce if any other items that we release are only available for that specific point in time and are not meant to return. All official information about items coming back will be posted on our official channels and in the Announcements section of the Discord. Please refer to these channels for your news.