Why was Lucifer’s special bond with Satan removed?
Earlier today you would have noticed that Mitama removed Lucifer’s +13% skill DMG special bond with Satan, which cause quite a bit of outrage in the community. Like many, I was looking forward to bonding my Lucifer to Satan and watching her rip into things, and was a little disappointed to see that bond go.
However, there is a very good reason why Mitama decided to remove this special bond- and it’s not because some people accidentally sold Lucifer and couldn’t make this bond work.
Take a look at their announcement on the matter. It says the bond was ‘not reasonable because Lucifer is not available anymore’, which is the key point here- when Mitama introduced bonds, they set a precedent of not having special bonds on past daemons that are no longer attainable. It appears that what has happened is that Mitama meant to only have the new Lucifer bond to Satan, but didn’t get their coding correct, so that the old Lucifer had the same special bond. This is what was rectified. In fact, the same thing recently happened with Tsukuyomi, who had an ability pertaining to normal Susanoo, except they probably didn’t pick up on this/no one bothered to report it because let’s face it, Tsukuyomi is pretty crappy.
Why can’t Mitama keep that special bond?
The key reason is game balance. While a special bond with Lucifer would be good for veterans who kept him, it would put new players who joined after that event at a distinct disadvantage (especially given that it’s a huge+13%). This is bad, because attracting and keeping new players is crucial for the overall growth and longevity of the game. You can’t rely solely on veterans to keep the game alive as people will quit for whatever reason (life, boredom, other games, etc.). Thus, in order to grow and continue, a game needs to do things that give new players a chance to get their footing and play alongside veterans without feeling that they’re completely useless.
But a lot of powerful daemons are unavailable for newbies- like Titanium Elf/Amanojaku, Cherry Blossom Front or Belphegor- so what’s the big deal with a bond?
Well, for all of the powerful daemons that were once available, there are a number of similar alternatives that get released in events, as helpers, or in Jewel Summon- for example, Dojigiri Serious, Beelzebub [HW] and Fafnir for Titanium Elf and Amano, and Roman Candell and Kappa for Belphegor. Even the very overpowered Cherry has a similar alternative in Orpheus. In each of these cases, new players still have a chance of getting an alternative, whereas by implementing an insane special bond with an old daemon is something that has no alternative.
But what about the bait and switch- giving us something, only to take it away? Shouldn’t we be angry about this?
Imagine there’s a group of athletes competing in a race. On the day of the race, the organisers accidentally give some athletes water containing performance-enhancing steroids, while other athletes just get normal water. It’s a no brainer that to make the race fair, the organisers should take back the steroid water and give all the athletes normal water. It’s the same situation here- we were never meant to get that bond, so the best thing to do to correct the problem was remove it ASAP.
Ultimately, you must remember that Mitama needs to make decisions for the good of the game. While this will cause problems for the players that are affected, know that decisions like these are what will help keep the game fair and enjoyable for everyone, and keep the game going for many months and years to come.