Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
Yesterday EA released a patch for the Secret Agent update and with that patch a number of small changes were made (a few things you wouldn’t even know because they don’t come into play until later acts).
Among the changes that would be noticeable to players during Act 1…. a bonus % was added to the Globex Balloon (.50%) and a bonus % added to the Cypress Creek Sign (1%). Oh and Camera Hat Homer at the HQ was adjusted…if you have Camera Hat Homer regular Homer will no longer show up on the HQ job list (so you can’t accidentally send the wrong one).
However, one big change was made that a number of you took notice of yesterday….the Schematic drop rates were drastically changed. What does this mean? What have they changed to? Let’s take a quick look…
As a reminder we covered the schematic details in this post… this current post (that you’re reading now) is an update to that post
So the biggest change everyone’s noticed is that Schematics are now dropping more regularly from the Men In Tan (MIT).
So no you’re not going crazy. Not only are the MIT dropping through the floor, they’re also dropping more Schematics.
The old rate was 10% it is now 60%. A nice change indeed. So now it’ll feel like they’re dropping with nearly ever tap.
BUT….there’s always a but somewhere right?
The Schematics you earn from each drop have DECREASED. They’ve been cut in half, as a matter of fact.
Instead of earning 2 Schematics per drop from the MIT you’ll now only earn 1 Schematic per drop from the MIT. Not only that, but they’ve cut the Schematics earned from MIT drops in Acts 2 and 3 in half as well…
Originally Act 2 should have yielded 6 Schematics from each MIT drop, now they’ll yield 3.
Originally Act 3 should have yielded 12 Schematics from each MIT drop, now they’ll yield 6.
Ouch! Yes, THOSE MONSTERS! Vengeance shall be ours!!
Ok not really. Let’s all put our swords away….for now. This isn’t the battle we want to pick, just yet.
The jist of it all? The change was for perception. It looks a feels like you’re getting more Schematics, because they’re dropping from the MIT more frequently, but in reality your Schematic total isn’t really increasing all that much from where it was originally.
With this change you will earn slightly more Schematics throughout the course of each Act. However, by decreasing the quantity of Schematics earned per drop EA’s still trying to keep you on a slower crafting pace.
There’s a reason EA wants you to move at a slower crafting pace. We just have to figure out what that is….if it’s anything different than the obvious to get you to have less stuff.
Perhaps they’re laying the groundwork for a future event?
We’ll have to wait and see. For now, enjoy the slight change/increase and just keep tappa, tap, tap, tapping…
Thoughts on the Schematic changes? Which crafting prizes do you have your eye on? Why do you think EA’s trying to keep you crafting at a slower pace? Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!