Thanks for the response. I think respecs serve a purpose larger than just “I made a mistake with my character”.
At low levels, where people feel more “free” to experiment without a character feeling non-functional or viable, they currently cant experiment very well. You don’t have access to 5 specialized skills until level 50, well after the campaign, and then you are still missing a whopping 50 passive points on top of it which could be needed to still complete the “core” function of a build.
Several builds in ARPG’s are a VERY narrow margin of near-perfect gear and stats required to even start functioning in the first place. The build idea requires high resource generation, cooldown reduction, Idol chances etc. Experimenting with a build is really only doable at endgame because of this.
Nerfs, or new items/mechanics, or new endgame options, or even just plain boredom might lead to someone wanting to fairly drastically change their character. I don’t think the lose-lose choice of “Play a non-functional build and struggle to get 20 levels on each of the skills because you can’t push high monolith or arena with it until you do to speed things up” vs. “level an entirely new character, likely well past level 50, just to play a build that would function perfectly fine on the character you already have” is a very fun choice for the player to have to be making.
When I’ve made the decision to change, i’m normally excited about this change, have that excitement dampered by a slog of re leveling before I get to actually feel the benefits of the change takes away from that a bit.
I dont forsee quick-swapping being an issue with my suggestion. The idea was that you could swap once or twice and that would eat up your entire “overlevels” People would not be gaining them at any rate close to fast enough to swap back and forth to abuse like this. Even if they could, swapping skill specializations can easily be disabled during arena and monolith to prevent any abuse case. I think lowering QoL of most of the playerbase for a niche edgecase is kinda silly.