This month, developer Complex Games released Warhammer 40,000: Gate of Chaos – Demon Hunters, which may be named after a turn-based squad tactics game from 1998, but has a lot more in common with the modern XCOM series. Barring a few performance and balance issues, it was very well received, but when it was announced that in-game items were being distributed via Twitch drops, a program that doles out freebies in exchange for watching streamers play the game in question, players aren’t too happy about it.
wires in Steam Forum labeled Twitch drops as “greed”, with one user complaining, “I must enslave myself so I don’t miss the two unique streams so I can get some of the cut loot” and another cursing the game outright, saying, “I’m just going to avoid this sadly after twitch crap.”
User reviews on Steam dropped to Mixed, with reviewers citing issues with Daemonhunters’ graphics and ways it doesn’t align with “the lore” alongside Twitch drops, a review calling them “just extra layers of significant crap you have to go through to enjoy the game 100%”, while another negative review said “If there was another way to win this in the game it wouldn’t be a big deal but I’m not going to watch ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Angry Joe for 2 hours just to get a gun.”
As for the items in question, they are largely cosmetic, being named versions of the campaign’s starter weapons with small boosts like +5% crit chance. They’re the kind of gear you’ll use early on in the game, but they’ll quickly replace with better stuff as you upgrade and unlock it.
Still, Complex Games listened to the complaints and responded. in a recent to updateThe developers wrote, “One of the areas we’ve noticed is the frustrations surrounding the various Twitch launch campaigns we ran at the game’s launch. While the sole purpose of these campaigns was to raise awareness, we understand that many feel this blocked -games away from them. .
“This was certainly not our intention and we appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this. As such, we will make all items from each Twitch launch campaign available to players via one of our planned updates in May. We will confirm which update and date exactly when this is finished.”
Complex also released a patch to address a number of issues, including a missing cinematic, and noted that another patch is on the way. “We are aware that some Force commanders are experiencing performance issues,” said the studio wrote“Our QA and development teams are working hard to investigate all reports and we will have updates to help resolve these issues very soon.”