Gold Aug: Another Path
The Gold Aug(tm) is "overpowered", there's no doubt about it. This is a bit of an unproven assertion at the moment but from my experience: a decent player with an aug, or a gold aug specifically, is far more likely to win the game than with any other of the high stat weapons. I'll even bet you'll see more green aug wins than gold AKs. If you have stats on this, check 'em, I'll be surprised if this isn't true.
The knee-jerk reaction to an overpowered item in a game is usually to nerf it, but I suggest another way forward:
Instead of nerfing the aug to perform worse, why not make the other guns in this game perform better?
The aug is a joy to fire, and more people should be able to have that experience, but given its rarity whoever manages to get these things has a huge advantage. Instead of nerfing the advantage, make more guns have accuracy, rof, or damage similar to the aug. Doing this will fix a few things:
- It will make guns more fun to use-- right now ARs like the gold AK are very inaccurate outside of straight up zooming, which is a pain and doesn't have to be true. The damage on the AK is also crazy low for what it is (a gold AR). Why does the aug have to be the only good fullauto rifle?
- It solves the TTK problem - TTK is extremely high on many guns right now (again, the AK is way underpowered). Why not make more guns burn through armor the way the aug does?
- It avoids you nerfing this game into H1Z1 - the biggest problem with H1Z1 was always the inaccurate crappy weapons with zero scopes. If you nerf the aug, you go down the path of resolving problems by making things slower and more clunky, which is not really what this game seems to be about. Correct me if I'm wrong, but you're billing this game as a fast paced high action shooter, so why do I only really feel like it is when I'm using the gold aug?
- It also avoids you alienating core players - My guess is some people hate the gold aug, but I'll also hazard a guess that most of your "good" / "core" players (that have used the aug) really like it and probably don't want it changed too much. If you nerf it down to an M16, you'll be eroding the gameplay that your core players expect-- specifically that high tier weapons should be almost clinical in their power and precision-- that's what these players are playing for.
So yea, don't nerf the gold aug any more, make the other weapons better.