Drakania Awakening and Class Balance
Drakania Awakening is different from other classes and took a long time to release. After the launch of Drakania Succession, it took time to get feedback and start developing the awakening specialisation. By taking time with the development, the quality of effects and animations that players felt were lacking in the succession, had full focus in awakening. Balance is something that will be continiously worked on and as the class has just released, will take time, but Pearl Abyss hopes that players enjoy the new Awakened Drakania.
A class balance patch is scheduled for this week on Global Labs. In addition, an internal testing phase based on data from players is taking place, and feedback is always collected through the suggestion forums as well. The patch is focused on making adjustments to classes that are too powerful in PVP, too efficient in PVE, and classes that have low efficiency in PVE. After this balance patch, more data will be collected for fine-tuning.
Since PVE balance is top priority, the direction is to reduce classes that are outstanding, while preserving their class characteristics. The classes which are currently showing excessive performance in the top PVE grind spots are Shai, Succession Musa and Succession Striker.
In the case of Awakened Corsair, there are difficulties with PVE because of the summon pets and Pearl Abyss is tyring to find a way to tweak their targetting or find a solution for summoned pets.