We noticed some of you were confused by the way we released Prinz Eugen last Friday and we want to clear up any misconceptions around her gameplay design, economic benefits and the staggered bundle release structure.
We do realize that while this ship may not add much to gameplay diversity due to her similarity to the Admiral Hipper, there are additional factors which resulted in our decision to include her.
Firstly, Prinz Eugen has significant place in history and many players in our community requested her to be added to the game. She was similar to Hipper historically and after internal debates we decided to go with historically accurate design. It was important to us to be straight about this fact in the Spotlight Article to make sure you know what you are paying for.
Second, as with any other Premium ship, Prinz Eugen offers +50% XP and +50% Commander XP with an additional bonus camo giving an additional 50% Commander XP bonus on top of that, for a +100% Commander XP total boost.This leaves her unmatched in speedily training German Commanders, and has since been clarified in the article. Although this benefit is unrelated to gameplay, we wanted to test its impact on perceived value of the ship.
Third, the staggered release approach is an experiment and we constantly adjusting our methods to learn what works and what doesn't. Our intention was to deliver additional value to the players who purchased the Deluxe and Fully Loaded bundles in the form of earlier access to the ship. We had concerns that this design might upset buyers of the "bare bones" bundle, but didn't anticipate the magnitude.
And as with all our experiments, this is a learning moment for us which we will to take into account with future bundles.
Please rest assured: your feedback is heard and appreciated.