Umbra Digital Packs feedback
These packs are being handled differently than in the past, for the worse.
The first issue: because packs are being handled in the store, there is no longer a direct purchase price. Instead of pack, I have to buy _the next highest_ tier of CM and deal with leftovers. As a consumer, that sucks.
The second issue: because packs are being handled in the store, items are directly applied to your inventory instead of being tied to a passcode. This sucks for multiple reasons.
1) Presumably, these packs are only available for _a limited (but unknown) time_. They may be available after the anomaly... or not. No one knows. This means that, to be safe, we have to get them beforehand and recycle excess gear, wasting it.
2) the value to the gear is not the gear itself, but the ability for _you or another agent_ to redeem the passcode when needed. This has saved more than one fielding op when an emergency flipcard or SoftBank was needed. This facilitated community engagement by allowing those who could afford such passcodes purchase them - and that user set doesn't always overlap with the set of agents in-the-field during an op.
The third issue: after the crap Niantic was feeding us about "very rare gear should actually be very rare" when nerfing MUFG capsules, here we are a year later and you're still selling it (albeit indirectly) in the store. It's time to either admit you were moving the game towards pay-based gear sources or to truly commit to _making VR gear VR again_.
Either bring back the passcode mechanism for gear redemption in order to restore its strategic value or abolish the gear part entirely. Even better, find a way to provide that strategic value that doesn't involve a purchase.
Either way, make a cosmetics-only option for those of us who might want to chip in a few dollars for profile bling but don't want to participate in pay-based gear sources. Gear should not come from the store.
I purchased these packs. Without changes, these are the last.