I’m so hyped for this game! I’ll list some of things I’d like to see in S3 after having played S2 for thousands of hours ;D
I’ll go from the beginning to basic stuff to postgame stuff in order
First of all, I’d really like some character customization for the player character. I think what Secrets of Grindea did is perfect, but it doesn’t need to be that extensive. Just let us change some of the colors, like skin, clothes, etc and I’ll be satisfied Also, I don’t really care about political correctness and all that, but I’m sure some people would like to change how the other characters refer to the player, so you could let us choose from options such as King, Queen, Ruler, Duke, Emperor, or whatever that include gender neutral stuff.
I have no suggestions about the story, it was always more of a tutorial than anything, so anything’s fine. I hope the story bosses are at least as well-designed as the ones in S2, though (Phobos notwithstanding) and I hope the hidden bosses aren’t just random battles like Zantai
The UI could use some improvements, as you said. It should be easier to manage gems, artifacts, etc. We should at least be able to equip spell gems from the inventory screen like we can artifacts. I’d also love a screen that shows our whole team so we can easily share it online.
I really liked Punishments and NG+ options to customize our experience, but I’ll trust you on this one if you want to remove them
I love that GS is gone, and I hope the system that replaces it doesn’t require me to replace my creatures every 30 minutes (or at least that it’s optional).
My main problem with the game is how it lags when my stable gets full, so I’d appreciate if you could optimize that so we can have at least one of each creature in the stable before the lag is noticeable on a PC.
Make hybrid artifacts worth it. In S2 there’s absolutely no reason to use them since each creature only cares about one stat. This could be accomplished by increasing their stats so that they give a higher total than a pure artifact (say, a Sword gives 100 attack, but a Bow gives 75 attack and 75 speed) while also changing some of the stats to affect some other things in a small way (like Speed adding physical damage). Please make sure Speed from traits affects turn order this time
I certainly hope artifact realms are gone or revamped or at least missing from Elize’s (or its equivalent) task list.
As for balance, you already mentioned everything I would change. Well, maybe Nether Auras could use some adjustments. At least make it a little harder to break the game
I’d remove anything from Traits, Spells and Perks that affects queue order or queue shuffling. Especially Raid.
Make the castle merchants impossible (or really hard) to savescum.
Give us some options that make extracting cores easier. Maybe an artifact property that gives the Butterfly Touch effect?
Make sure the resource costs are balanced. Granite, for instance, has too many uses in S2, while Power (after rituals are done), Essence or Crystal have too few.
There was no real incentive to have secondary teams and have Warlord missions always in progress, so this could also use some work.
Be careful of items like Cloth Straps that stop having a use eventually, and I’d love some new and extremely rare items in realms.
I’d love being able to customize our castle, like you said we’ll be able to. I’d love something like Azure Dream’s town building stuff.
The Arena needs to be more interesting than it currently is.
If doublecasting (or quadruplecasting, heh) is still in the game, please make sure some effects are ignored. I’m talking about casting a spell that poisons all 6 enemies while having an Arachnalisk that gives enemies Snare when they’re poisoned and having to see both status effects applied many times. (Not to mention having Regalis in the party and having Snare be applied 5 times for each of the Poisons).
Now about postgame content… some variety would be nice. Something we can do other than keep pushing deeper in Realms. I haven’t really thought about postgame content, so I’ll make a second post if I come up with something.
I think that’s everything, I hope it wasn’t too much!