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Detailed Survivalist Rework Concept

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  • Detailed Survivalist Rework Concept

    This is a detailed, fan-made concept for a rework of the controversial Survivalist perk. I want to preface this concept by admitting that I haven't spent countless hours of my life working the precise math of each skill in relationship to every single weapon; this is simply meant to showcase the idea of what I'm going for and it's likely there are issues I've missed in here that more hardcore/dedicated/experienced players might find “idiotic”. Further, I'm sure there are those who swear by this perk as it currently stands. Please take this as fun brainstorming which could also be the start of a separate perk idea! As I go along I will try to explain my thought process with each change/idea, and I encourage others to share their thoughts about this (or the original) perk!

    When I first started playing “Killing Floor 2” I really liked this perk (or at least, its core idea) but it quickly became a Solo “for fun” perk that had no real benefit other than being able to play with different weapons every match in order to alleviate some of the tedium of Solo play. As I see it, the main issues with this perk are these:
    1.) The Survivalist was marketed as a high-skill-cap jack-of-all-trades perk that encouraged creativity and smart play, designed for experienced players. The problem is that those experienced players have repeatedly shown how it's always better to run a different perk and choose an off-perk weapon than it is to run Survivalist (as Survivalist is mathematically barely better than off-perking anyways, and lacks the utility-oriented skills that the other perks provide)! A Support has more power and utility as a jack-of-all-trades than a Survivalist with “Weapon Harness”, for example. If survival is your focus then both Medic and Berserker are superior at kiting and surviving, and both still have room for off-perk options. (The examples go on.) It's not just that Survivalist is “master of none”, it's that the other classes are still better at being a survivalist or jack-of-all-trades than the Survivalist itself!
    2.) As a weakened “mimic” the Survivalist lacks any real identity or theme (even as a jack-of-all-trades), and thus a place on a team. There is currently no hole a Survivalist can fill that another perk could fill almost as easily while also bringing something special and/or vital to the table. The current Survivalist design forces you to choose randomly-assembled specializations from other perks anyways; as such, you are already limiting your load-out and choosing your focus with your skill choice, so why not pick a stronger form of that focus by picking its associated perk? And although Survivalist might be better at switching team roles mid-match, this is made moot by the fact that you can switch entire perks mid-match!
    3.) I've seen some people mention that the Survivalist requires more Dosh in order to begin to keep up with its fellow perks. This makes sense since it has weaker and less-focused bonuses. A player has to essentially “brute-force” effectiveness by mixing and matching expensive high-tier combos, and/or upgrading to compensate weakness. This isn't so much a flaw as it is unrealized potential! The current model simply does very little to aid or encourage this, making this behavior a necessary evil rather than a guided progression.

    I aim to address these three issues with this concept by adding utility and two distinct themes. By centering the player's choices to either self-improvement or flexibility, I hope to add flavor and purpose to the class without treading on other perks or losing all of the “perk sampling” flavor!
    25% Heavy Body Armor
    25% Global Damage Resistance
    100% Weapon Penetration
    50% Reduced Weapon Upgrade Cost
    I took away the 15% damage boost because it was pitiful and I wanted to make room for a more powerful and skillful bonus. The 100% universal weapon penetration has far more damage potential but requires skillful use in the right situations to be most effective. I'll admit that I'm horribly unsure of the balance; on the one hand it could potentially be overpowered with certain gun types (like SMGs), and on the other it could be a wimpy boost in comparison to other perks (mainly, Support's 500% bonus with shotguns). This suggestion could require a significant change to the percentage and/or a change in how the math works in relation to a weapon's base penetration. That said, the Survivalist's severe lack of most of the skills that make other perks so effective with their respective weapons might already balance this one bonus out!

    I also took away the 75% boost to ZED time reload in exchange for making upgrading weapons cheaper for the Survivalist. (Don't worry, I know this was a nice aspect to Survivalist and I rework it into one of the final skill choices.) This new bonus allows Survivalist to use the new upgrade mechanics easier than all of the other perks, making the perk more unique while simultaneously supplying them with their main source of simplistic damage buffs. Rather than be supplied with damage buffs for a weapon type like other perks, the Survivalist has to selectively buy their buffs for individual weapons (at a discount). Sure, that means they could buy upgrades cheaper for other teammates as well, but... that would require quite a bit of coordination in a short amount of time, and it would still give the Survivalist more purpose in a team. This bonus is also thematic, since one would imagine a Survivalist to be better at tinkering with and improving their gear!
    Dual 9mm Pistols with full ammo.

    One complaint I've repeatedly read has been regarding the Survivalist's weird grenade situation. I recommend simply giving the Survivalist their own grenade to remedy this (like how they were recently given the Goreshiv knife). The grenade I came up with was the Noisemaker, a thematic utility-oriented grenade to make the Survivalist more about brain than brawn. A Noisemaker would do no damage but rather would draw the attention of ZEDs as though it were another player (EDARs, enraged enemies, and bosses would be immune to this effect). Noisemakers could briefly take some pressure off of the team and/or conveniently group some of the hoard for killing (synergizing well with weapon penetration and some later skills). A Siren could still deactivate Noisemakers, so you wouldn't want to draw their attention.

    I also once read that somebody called the Survivalist the “party game” perk due to its randomized starting loadout, and it's a sentiment I somewhat agree with. To make the Survivalist more predictable – and thus dependable – I have suggested replacing the randomized weapon with a second 9mm pistol (which is still a highly generic weapon) and full ammo. I rework the randomized loadout into an optional skill for those that like it.

    Forward Thinking:
    Your reload speed increases the more ammunition you have remaining in your magazine. This bonus goes up to 50%.
    Quick Thinking:
    Taking damage increases your weapon swap speed by 25% for 3 seconds. This bonus can stack up to 3 times.

    The original reload skills were indeed useful, but they were also a clear showcase of some of the counter-intuitiveness of the original Survivalist design. Arguably THE benefit of the Survivalist was supposed to be their unique loadout flexibility, and by separating the reload bonuses into categories you are severely limiting the loadouts that could get use out of the skill (because otherwise it would be better to run a different perk if only one weapon received a bonus anyways). Worse still, the bonuses were essentially separated into “fast firing” and “high damage” weapons, meaning the obvious jack-of-all-trades loadout option wouldn't work with these skills.

    “Forward Thinking” is designed as a magazine top-up skill, rewarding players for actively taking opportunities in the battle to refill their clip. My suggested percentage is a placeholder; ideally you'd have the reload be faster than the standard “elite” near full, be just a bit slower than “elite” at half-magazine, and have no bonus at empty. By not being a consistent bonus I have balanced for it affecting all weapon types. Further this new skill automatically balances itself depending on the weapon, receiving no bonuses for powerful one-shot weapons such as the RPG or M99, making it difficult to make use of for weapons that chew through ammo such as the Kriss, and being most consistently useful for weapons that load one bullet at a time. It also benefits the one on-perk weapon the Survivalist has – the Freezethrower – which is something the original skills didn't do.
    “Quick Thinking” is designed to help keep a Survivalist on their toes when the ZEDs hit the fan. By making the bonus temporary and tied to damage I have ensured the skill activates when you most need it, but otherwise it is nonexistent (and thus doesn't steal the thunder from other perks). Further, whereas “Forward Thinking” encourages players to stay on one weapon and keep it topped-up, “Quick Thinking” encourages players to have a balanced loadout that they can switch to on a moment's notice.

    Medic Training:
    Increase the potency of all your healing 20% and decrease the cooldown of your syringe and healing darts 40%.
    Melee Expert:
    When using any melee weapon you move 20% faster, gain 20% resistance to all damage, and heal 4 points of Health for every ZED you kill with a melee weapon.
    Both of the original skills were definitely on the right track, boosting things that the first skills didn't enhance. Although I could feel the difference with “Medic Training”, I believe the skill needed a slight buff. Buffing the cooldown makes the Survivalist better at healing and at staying alive, but without the million other awesome bonuses the Medic can get there is no way the buff would replace that perk (especially because I'm taking away the healing grenade).
    As for “Melee Expert”, swapping out damage-oriented bonuses for survival-oriented bonuses makes temporary melee combat far more viable; what purpose was the extra damage when you couldn't survive the danger of close-quarters combat? This change allows the Survivalist the chance to get out of sticky melee situations but decidedly doesn't make them nearly powerful enough to match a Berserker. Better still, this skill meshes well with it's earlier right-side counterpart “Quick Thinking”, allowing an overwhelmed Survivalist to quickly switch to a melee weapon and fight their way out of danger!

    EQUIPMENT [15]:
    Your 9mm pistols deal 50% extra damage and 50% additional headshot damage. Begin each game with your 9mm pistols upgraded once.
    Increase carrying capacity by 5. Begin each game with a random Tier 1 weapon.
    By changing the Survivalist's grenade situation the original skills needed to be overhauled (since it was no longer a choice between a superior grenade with a “meh” skill and an essential bonus with a sucky grenade). “Calibrate” adds a sort of SWAT/Commando/Gunslinger/Sharpshooter flair, helping form the left-side's focus on fortifying yourself and the gear you already have by making the 9mm pistols a valid weapon option past the first waves. “Stockpile” reinforces the right-side's focus on being prepared for every scenario, giving the player extra weight for additional weapons while reintroducing the randomized starting loadout.
    Spontaneous ZED-plosion:
    ZEDs you kill have a 20% chance to explode, damaging and knocking down nearby ZEDs.
    All fire, explosive, and freeze weapons can also poison ZEDs, inflicting damage over time.

    I've kept “Spontaneous ZED-plosion” exactly how it was. Love it or hate it, the extra weapons it affects compared to its Firebug counterpart make it an interesting niche skill that deserves extra exploration. This skill could be amazing or horrible, and it all depends on the player and the situation (making it a good fit for Survivalist).

    The original explosive-based bonus was incredibly weak when falloff mechanics were taken into account. Although I know people dislike poison due to it damaging the body rather than the head, “Pesticide” thematically buffs the damage of both fire and explosive weaponry while also buffing the perk's only unique weapon, the Freezethrower. A Survivalist could aid a Firebug with an additional DoT, the poison could finish off enemies weakened by an explosive blast, or enemies frozen for crowd-control could also be taking extra damage regardless of if they were being shot. More importantly, this skill benefits the Survivalist's bank account by easily setting them up for kills or assists, and it synergizes well with the Noisemaker.

    ZED TIME - Respite:
    During ZED Time, you move, reload your weapons, and use the medical syringe in real time.
    ZED TIME - Scavenger:
    During ZED Time, your weapon recoil is reduced by 25% and you earn increased Dosh for assists and kills.

    Although the original ZED Time skills weren't downright terrible, they were just weaker variants of other perks' damage-oriented skills. As such I wanted to rework them to make the Survivalist's skills more unique, as well as more about brain than brawn. These new skills aren't about feeling powerful. They are about intentionally setting the Survivalist up for later success.

    “Respite” allows you the opportunity to top up your gun, heal yourself (or a nearby teammate), get yourself out of danger, and/or set yourself up in a better strategic position. It doesn't get you kills; it gives you breathing room. The real-time syringe and reloading also synergize well with other left-side skills, “Forward Thinking” and “Medic Training”.
    “Scavenger” also doesn't get you kills, but helps you earn that sweet sweet Dosh you need to live up to your full potential. A Survivalist with “Scavenger” has an important choice: Do they use that Dosh to buff themselves in order to keep up with their teammates damage-wise, or do they leave themselves weak in order to become a Dosh hose for the more powerful perks? Either way, this skill synergizes particularly well with the extra earning power of “Pesticide”.