As you probably already know, Syndicates require an exorbitant amount of standing points (reputation), credits, rare resources, prime parts, and orokin catalysts and reactors in order to rise in rank. I've been playing for a long time and as a result, I am somewhat wealthy in warframe, except when it regards platinum. I've been mostly a "free-to-play" player, purchasing small amounts of discounted plat for slots and a Prime Accessories package to support the developers at Digital Extremes.
My biggest concern is with the sacrifices of orokin catalysts and reactors, as these are only obtainable with platinum. There are alerts which reward them from time to time but it's very easy to miss them if you have to work. Because of this, it feels like the "free-to-play" image is shattered. I wouldn't mind sacrificing a very rare prime part such as a Loki Prime helmet - which I've only ever seen drop once in a gazillion Tier 4 survivals - but reactors and catalysts are just too essential for any player to trade in for the optional mods that give - in most cases - a mediocre augment. On another note, why do Sigils cost so much? Didn't we pay enough standing just to get to the rank that unlocks it? It just feels like too much of a grind for arguably small rewards. When I think of "end-game" I don't think of a long amount of time. In fact, I don't even consider Warframe to have a "end-game," but I digress.
So, my question is, what do you think of the sacrifices? Or What do you think of the rewards?
Another aspect of the syndicates has come to my attention: The developers have expressed in Devstream #40 that they were going to eventually add more content to syndicates in the future.
We also know that if you are within a syndicate and spend enough standing with them, you can be lowered in rank, having to sacrifice that rank's requirements yet again if you wish to stay there. [We also know that you can be lowered in rank by gaining standing for an opposing syndicate, which in turn will require you to regain standing and the sacrifice materials if you want to come back to them]. My concern with this is having to "re-map" these syndicates in order to gain access to future content. With the way standing works, it doesn't seem likely that one can maintain enough positive standing with all the syndicates to stay in the up-most rank. So, I would like to hear your opinions on this too.
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