Not every game needs to be WoW or FF. If they start dropping to sub 20k active players on the west, then so be it. I still love B&S, TERA and BD (Not O as it’s only Black Desert now). That’s one of the main problems of western culture, if something isn’t top 1 in twitch and steam charts it’s “hot garbage, don’t even bother downloading”-Tier.
All of my mentioned games are still surviving. Some like TERA are shutting down in certain areas (In TERA’s case in Japan), but I mean TERA is over a decade old now and by your standard this game was dead back in 2013 or something. And for a game that’s been dying for almost 10 years to only close their japanese branch (Which basically is irrelevant to the western discussion here) that’s pretty good I’d say.
I stand by what I said. Game’s not for you and that’s fine. Most of the “casual” playerbase will be gone by the end of march even if they start catering towards them today. Because, shocker, if they start catering to them they will run out of content very, very fast.
I just want you to understand that even if they will cater towards casuals, the ENTIRE NATURE of this game will drive them away by itself once they reach the endgame. What you currently complain about as “tedious grind” is not even a fraction of what’s to come. Because that’s what Korean MMOs are, you grind so you can grind even more to finally reach the next grind. There’s no changing that.
Yes, they are currently in the game and enjoying their time. People that are on the forums are the ones complaining, myself included. As much as you want to try, while you are part of the casual audience, you’re still a vocal minority. I’ve yet to see literally ANYONE ingame complain about guardian raids being too long. Because, spoiler, people see the guardian raids as a none issue, because they aren’t.
Daily “chores” are done in like 25-30 minutes, including Guardians and Unas.(5ish minutes for both Chaos Dungeons combined, with smart Bifrost positioning your Unas shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes and the rest is Guardians) Alts are not needed, they are a nice bonus for people that have the time, which is not a design flaw. If you think 25-30 minutes of your time is too long then … idk what to tell you. Plus, nobody is forcing you to do Guardians, honestly I myself don’t even bother with them most of the time, only do them when I fancy myself a bossfight. Skipping a week or 2 of guardians throws your progress back for like one day, if that. Trust me, do some islands and you’ll have so many mats you’ll have some left over after reaching the next tier. Guardians are more of a bonus content, don’t do them for mats, honest advice.
Edit because I feel I need to mention this : I’m not against stuff like lowering Guardian HP, I only want to warn you that Guardian HP is the last thing you need to worry about if you are low on time. By the time the next big content update drops you’ll be tier 3 even if you take all the time in the world. So stop trying to rush things if you don’t have the time, take the time that you DO have to go adventuring this vast world.