This is a message to CMs in hopes of this being brought along to the people in charge of making the relevant decisions.
As with the title, it is my opinion that a powerpass should be given alongside the release of destroyer. Many people will immediately jump to the precedent of KR’s version of the game releasing powerpasses alongside classes that patched in within a 1-month interval. While I do think precedent from KR does offer some guidance, I think the more important question is not “whether KR did this”, but whether the decision to release a powerpass alongside the destroyer is a good one.
I think the answer is quite indisputably a yes, and, broadly speaking, for one major reason:
The pacing of content is improved for players across the board
Thus far, I would say that the main concerns with the acceleration of content has been (1) whether said release of content has pressured the playerbase towards the direction of perceiving Lost Ark as a pay to win system (see: our argos release fiasco), (2) whether said release of content results in players feeling “overwhelmed”, and (3) whether the pacing of content results in a net loss of interest in the game (for example, youtubers deliberately releasing videos on a weekly schedule rather than fatiguing viewers with daily uploads).
All 3 of these general concepts point towards a powerpass release being a positive. (1) The lack of a powerpass causes players to perceive lost ark as a game that heavily incentivizes an injection of real world funds to accelerate new character growth, (2) players feel overwhelmed at the thought of having to slog through t1 and t2 item level grinds again, and (3) a powerpass would smoothen out the pacing of content for players who have already played through the various zones on their existing characters.
Now what are the possible downsides to this?
The first one I can think of is possible worsening of the bot situation with each release of a powerpass. This is because bot accounts that have progressed past the requirement for a powerpass (lets say, feiton) and are capable of utilizing a powerpass would have essentially received another character accelerated to a higher level. However, I think to not issue a powerpass because of this concern would be to throw the baby out with the bathwater - I would argue that the positives provided with an additional powerpass outweigh the negatives of this concern. Further, the bot problem is its own separate issue that should be dealt with on a different playing field (i.e. enhanced bot detection, anti-cheat measures, anti RMT measures, networking measures etc.).
Another one would be that “players are getting too much free stuff”. To me, this ostensible argument is a complete non-starter - there is literally no downside to improving the player experience of a game, even if the method by which this is achieved is the provision of free benefits. The notion that “free shit = bad and for lazy gamers lolol l2p” is stupidly draconian and symptomatic of a very artificial gatekeep mentality along the likes of “I had to knowledge transfer and grind x amount of alts that I wanted to play, therefore more casual players should have to too”. This is just plain stupid and completely misses the point - the most important question at any time should be this: does this decision improve the game? In this context, “would players have a better experience with the release of destroyer if it were accompanied with a powerpass, or if it were not accompanied with a powerpass?”
If anything, ironically, I would argue that happier players that have more content to explore (by virtue of having more alts and being able to enjoy new class releases with better pacing) will likely be more willing to make in-game purchases/sink more of their free time into this game, simply because they enjoy the game more. The end result is more “hardcore players” that are more willing to no-life the game.
I hope this post makes sense, and regardless of your stance on this - have a good day.
tl;dr: powerpass good source: trust me bro
edit: just in case anyone’s curious and finds this relevant for whatever reason, I have 810 hours on steam and I play an ilvl 1445 deathblade on NA-West Shandi with 3 other toons (1385, 1355, 1340). I’ve purchased 6 months of crystalline aura with IRL money, as well as the super premium ark pass.