Heyo everyone, my alliance and I were just discussing how we enjoyed the beta because Featured Quest wasn't in it. For all the new players, Featured Quest is a mission with boosted EXP, wep badge drops, and just over all a cheap and repetitive experience.
From what we've gathered from the beta, "Rare" rappies drops the weapon badges now, and while running AQs we obtained a good few handfuls of them, which was actually a really fun experience. I'm just looking at the JP version with FQs and I'd really like to not see them in NA. I'd highly suggest to not include what the JP version calls "Featured Quests"
tl;dr: Featured quests is a cheap way to level, and get some really high tier weapons & units. I feel like it will ruin the game for new players and turn them off when there's an obvious titan for leveling and progressing quickly.