I was planning to write this post for several days now..and posts in different blogs (e.g. Bootae and Werit just to name two..but several others mentioned similar concerns. Sorry for being too lazy to search for the posts) show me that I’m not alone with the topic..
It’s the silence from Mythic we are experiencing for some weeks now. It’s quiet disturbing, but I’m not really surprised because of the recent development in communication skills (i.e. silence) from Mythic’s side we’ve experienced in the last couple of months.
Since the release of LotD we’ve always heard from a (different) dev that the changes they make in the next patch will be great etc..Well that’s not really surprising as every dev in every MMO tries to sell some crappy features with marking them as new.
Since WAR added some official forums some time ago there is a nice platform for forum trolls. That’s also nothing new, but I think that it changed the way Mythic communicates to the community. Gone are the times were blog’s were involved or some sort of viral marketing was tested. The communication from Mythic degenerated to some sticky forum posts and a Producer’s letter every half year (which didn’t state anything really new anyways). It seems that..the remaining.. Mythic team is fed up with communicating with the community, be it because of trolling (and always trying to stay calm) or because they just can’t sell the new features anymore.
The other alternative is that there are no new things to communicate and Mythic has no idea in which direction they should head with WAR. Sadly this seems a viable reason why Mythic is so silent. Let’s look back.. do you see any design direction which heads the game into a new direction? It’s more or less just fixing/removing of old design decisions which didn’t work in the first place. This is reflected by the RvR packs. Mythic avoided the use of the word “Expansion”.. and they were right, because the RvR Packs weren’t worth being called so. They just added some more grind and put the game in a more pronounced gear race were in RvR gear matters more than skill…
The problem here is that a great number of player saw this Packs as a Expansion. I’m not belonging to the group, but if you look at the responses after the introduction of the RvR packs you will find often a great amount of disappointed folks.
Imho Myhtic’s silence is costing them a great amount of players (= money), because ..well..you know the interwebs.. Things derail and there has to be an official statement to “keep the waves at a reasonable height”. But the problems don’t stop with the frustrated quitters ..it’s also causing problems to those who still play the game. They are left alone and have no idea if the problems of the game will be changed (there are a lot of problems who need to be addressed) or what the game is going to be in the future. It feels like walking in foggy woods with sharp stones on the way. You have no idea if there will a smooth path ahead or at least a treasure at the end of it… or if all the pain is just futile.
Maybe WAR is just fool’s gold..
What this game needs is a direction (other than bigger and better..and grindier).. Mythic has to state what they plan to do (if they plan anything).. There is this unpleasant feeling that Mythic has no idea what they are doing with the game and where they want “to go” or that they may have some nice ideas, but don’t have the personnel to implement it. Both not really nice ..options.
One last thing.. How often did you read “Nice idea, but bad implementation” with regard to WAR? I can’t count that anymore ,)