As we know The Crew 2 is In need of many QOL improvements. With the first US Speed Tour update, we got some awesome QOL changes, which was great to see. And although we don’t know what’s next (This current Motorpass was the last confirmed one we know of so far), hopefully we see some more.
One of the aspects of the game that’s in the most desperate need of QOL, is the HQ Mailbox. The whole system in general could use a complete overhaul. There’s many changes needed here such as a scrap all button, auto scrapping, filters eg: scrap all non golds, and much more. I was going to do a full topic outlining each change in detail and their benefit. But I will leave that for another day. Right now there is one change that I believe is absolutely necessary, and is the reason I am making this post.
It has been suggested before, and there are a number of reasons it would be a significant improvement, alongside the major one that makes it almost a necessity for myself and a small portion of others.
This change being: Showing the Affixes and Set Bonuses on the parts within the HQ Mailbox.
Now, this change would have many benefits and has been suggested before. And I will detail this below. But first and foremost, what made me raise this issue is that it’s also currently an accessibility issue.
I’m Colour-blind. Just quick for anyone reading that’s unsure what that means, there are many variations, but in general it’s an issue of differentiation. Different shades of colours and also different colours that happen to be close, can be very difficult to tell or simply indistinguishable from one another. Eg: Blue/Purple, Yellow/Light Green, Red/Green/Brown. Pink/Grey etc. are ones I struggle with personally. For example, I’ve had to send a screenshot to a friend of my Huracan to make sure I painted it yellow and not light green lol.
Back to the HQ Mailbox.
Take this screenshot I took in game recently
For most of you, you will be able to look at that picture and tell there are 5 Green Parts and 11 Gold parts in my Mailbox.
I couldn’t. To me, every single part looks the same colour. I will say In this specific picture the 4 280 parts that have an intake on stick out as yellow to me and I can usually tell those ones. But I had to ask others to tell me what parts were green and gold because I genuinely had no idea. Shout out to the lovely people in the Crew 2 Discord for being so helpful despite me asking multiple times since its taken me a while to be bothered to write this up lol.
But I was genuinely surprised when I was told there were 11 Gold Parts here and 5 Greens, If you asked me I’d say outside of those 4 parts all of them would be green but that was simply a total guess. Turns out a good portion are gold and I would possibly scrap them.
So for me, currently, I have no option but to collect every single green or gold part to risk not accidentally scrapping parts I want. Especially lately since we are getting so many boosted parts in Summits which go where? Straight to the mailbox.
Disclaimer, it was pointed out to me that there are actually different pictures for each rarity which can be used to tell them apart. Still defeats the point. We shouldn’t have to memorise all of them when there’s a very simple fix for this issue.
I’m also not trying to make developers cater specifically to myself and what admit is a small group of players. The simple change I put forward will not just help myself and other Colour-blind players, but will also be a significant benefit to all players.
This change being, allowing us to able to see the set bonus and affixes on the parts, on this screen when the mailbox is open. Here is a very rough mock up I just made on my phone, I wasn’t planning on doing this originally and just did then so it’s a bit rough and has some repeated parts, but I thought it would be good to show exactly what I want. The fact I simply took zoomed in screenshots of pre-existing parts on vehicles to make the boxes shows that this change would be simple to design, there's no new UI needed, the affixes and set bonus can be put where they already are on the parts in other menus. But the benefits are huge.
For myself, this would entirely fix the issue. It doesn’t matter if I can’t see what colours the parts are if I can instantly see what part each is via the affixes.
Alongside making the game more accessible for colour-blind players this is also a huge benefit to everyone for a number of reasons.
- Allowing players to scrap any part with a set bonus they don’t want if they are trying to complete a certain set
- Significantly reducing the risk of scrapping boosted parts
- Very easily being able to identify and collect the parts they do want before scrapping all the rest (with a scrap all button, but that’s another discussion)
Please post your thoughts below and make your voice heard if you want this change also. As said Im very aware of all the other improvements the Mailbox needs, but that can be discussed in the future. I find IVT like to work with small changes as opposed to huge reworks. So if we could keep this topic purely focused around this change that would be appreciated.