I’ve have seen a similar argument made by “Wintermote” on the “Why do people hate preds so much and how do you suggest we fix it.” forum post in discussions, and wish to forward this into the ideaguys channel. I do believe to have seen it made on Discord before, but I can’t pinpoint the origin.
I am not entirely for the complete removal of the Honor Code, but I am for a severe cut-down on the rules imposed on the Predator player; and for that to happen, Predators have to be considerably nerfed. My reason for which is not to set the bar lower for roleplay standards, and I do not seek to make Yautja weaker “just-because”. I believe that this is the only way to straighten out the whitelist.
The Honor Code currently exists for two reasons, when it should have only existed for one. Its first goal is to establish a level of high roleplay quality that every Yautja is incentivized to adhere to. In reality, much more emphasis is put on its secondary goal, to keep the strong arsenal of round-changing and busted weaponry, as well the predator’s robust phisique, speed, and equipment from ever being used aside from certain, rare, often times frustrating scenarios.
This should not be. There should have never been a secondary purpose of the rulesets. The Honor Code should have been strictly written primarily for the purpose of roleplay, its gameplay questions put in the background.
For the Honor Code to be changed in any meaningful way, the Predators have to be nerfed to the point where there are no longer any limitations to what a Predator can and can not do in a round outside of roleplay standard.
That is it. There are many ways to do it.
- Making them easier to kill.
- Removing their ability to teleport to their ship.
- Giving them larger cooldowns and less energy in their bracelets.
- Weakening their interactions with player-built structures
- Changing their abilities to harder-to-use / weaker versions.
- Making both sides aware of the Yautja being present.
- Dutch’s Dozen Distress Signal and Awakened Praetorian Kill Squads at mid-round.
- Requisitions budget for selling Yautja gear, research opportunities from Yautja bodies.
- Easier capturing of Yautja, less facehugger protection, abomination evolve unlock.
With that, you can allow them to do anything. Attack the hive. Attack the FOB. Attack the Captain. Attack the Queen. Dismember body parts, use ranged weapons, use fuel tanks as makeshift traps, use trophies however you like. Don’t have the player ask gameplay questions, have them ask roleplay questions instead.
As someone who has the Predator Whitelist, I would love to see these changes. But this is an ideaguys thread. It is just an idea. How these changes will affect the game can only be seen through testing. One can only ponder and discuss. They might even impact it negatively, but I strongly believe that the risk has to be taken. Nerf predators to the ground, and unshackle them.