Rate of Release of 5 Star Feeder Discussion
I would like to have an honest-to-goodness discussion on the rate of release of 5 Star Feeders. We have a lot of strong opinions on this matter, and I really want to keep this civil. It seems that a fair bit of information was put out there, some of it seems to have been inaccurate or changed over time.
I made up a spreadsheet with data on 5 Star releases, the first tab has information on the feeder schedule and some other useful info. If you want to look at it, I shared it here.
So it seems clear that they've gone through several concepts of how often to set a 4* so that they "feed" a 5*. Initially it was about once a month, they then gave us a bunch in close succession, then they slowed waaaay down. In a recent interview, some of the developers stated that they were too generous for a while, but they think that they swung too far the other way. It seems that now they want to release feeders to mark special events.
What I want to talk about is what we think is ideal rate of release on these feeders. Ranting and raving won't make any difference whatsoever - but a civil discussion where we outlined our point of view may make have an impact. We know the forums are read by a number of the devs. So talk about what you think is the right rate, and in particular you should say why.
Here's my opinion - releasing 4 -> 5* feeders creates anticipation and interest, which is an argument against doing them all at once. It seems clear that they definitely don't want to do this. However, releasing them in an irregular fashion actually detracts from that interest, I think. If they release, say, one every six weeks, then every six weeks there will be an upsurge of interest in which one they will release this time.
In my opinion, they should probably mirror the release schedule of 5*s - maybe when the new 5* enters tokens, maybe two weeks after that. They can occasionally release extra ones, but I think they want to leave around 10% of the 5*s without feeders so there will be some anticipation in finding out who will be next. Right now we're under that, I do think they should catch up to some extent - the feeders really help the transition to the 5* level and having a large number without feeders hurts the game.