My only objection to this would be that it affects the story. Missions will pop up well before they should because you've reached a certain "Follower count". It's noticeable when they go from having just met to all of a sudden talking as if they've been friends for life. Kinda breaks the whole ambiance for me. Anyways, just my two cents. I'd personally like to see a cheat for just research points, but I've tried myself to look for the values and the only one that pops up is some 4-byte memory that only temporarily changes the visual of how many points you have. (And yes, I've actually tried searching for values in all categories. Takes a LOONG time, but still comes up with the same results). So, I presume that the values are hidden.
Yes, the actual value is a calculation of many other things which is why you can't change it and that we don't have a specific option for it. There was a method posted on our WD2 page that people were using to get unlimited research points. Perhaps it still works.
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