I have followed and supported this game for years on end. I have seen the difficulty change over time in various ways. As of the release, I honestly feel it is far too easy. I am not one of the players that took advantage of the system early on to gain superiority. By all accounts a normal player at release should be equal to me or better. It is just far too easy, even for us retired gamer. If we are not risking the death penalty, then what is the point of playing? This is just my humble honest opinion.