I'm still here. Thanks, anon.
But yeah. This hurts pretty bad. I've played this game since launch day. I've spent more money on it than I have on any other gacha game, because I've bought every single pick ticket they've released, regardless of whether I really wanted a character or not, because I wanted to support that monetization method. And this feels like them telling me to fuck off.
In fact, AS Melina was one of the tickets I bought, and I've kept using her since then despite having much stronger characters, because I loved her design so much.
I hate >>255884
this design. I HATE it. There's nothing about I that I'm interested in, yet its poised to replace one of my favorite characters in the game. If AE let you use character's older artwork on new styles, I could keep using my AS Melina sprite and be content with it, but they don't. And so, while I don't think this is their intention, it feels like they're erasing a character design I love from the game.
But even with that, >>255884
isn't the thing that I'm the most upset about. Even after seeing this early this morning, I still wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt and was telling myself "Oh, its a game about time travel. They're probably doing a time travel thing and that's why she's older". And that would be completely fine, if they were adding new lolis to the game to take their place. Which brings me to >>255825
this, which is the design I'm actually the most upset about.
Look at this character. She's a magical girl with twintails, a frilly dress, a cute familiar and a dreamy aesthetic. I'm sure once we hear her voice, it'll be made even more clear. I'm 100% convinced that this character was supposed to be a loli when she was conceived, and somewhere during development, some asshole said "No, make her older". I saw her previous concept art from the last stream, and the finished artwork makes it even more obvious. This is the design that kills my hope for this game.