Hey! I’m creating this topic to discuss your thoughts on the Classes and Content release rate and how to keep the community hyped for it.
The game is slowly dying, players are leaving every day because of many reasons: Bots, RMT, repetitive content, lacking the class they want to main, toxicity, friends left the game and now they are alone, prices are too high and now they can’t catch up after switching main, and the list goes infinitly. Puting to the side the Bots and RMT that are almost unsolvable issues, how can AGS/SG manage to keep players and make the ones that leaved come back?
We all know that this is not a new game, just a new release.
Lost Ark has been released in Korea in the end of 2018 and has received a lot of content and classes since than.
Most important, currently they have in total:
- 5 Legion Raids: Valtan, Vykas, Kakul, Brel and Akkan.
- 23 Classes: Aeromancer, Arcana, Artillerist, Artist, Bard, Berserker, Deadeye, Deathblade, Destroyer, Glaivier, Gunlancer, Gunslinger, Machinist, Paladin, Reaper, Scrapper, Shadowhunter, Sharpshooter, Sorceress, Soulfist, Striker, Summoner and Wardancer.
The western version of the game was released on February 2022, almost 8 months ago.
In mater of classes it was a bit controversial as some of the base classes, that were released with the game in the KR version were not present in our version while some classes that were VERY recent released were included in the release.
Currently we are lacking:
- 3 Legion Raids: Kakul (that is expected to come on 09/28), Brel and Akkan
- 5 Classes: Machinist(confirmed to come on 09/28), Summoner, Reaper, Artist and Aeromancer.
I have 3 main things that I would like to discuss.
The content release rate: Legion Raids, continents, islands, events, etc.
Classes release rate.
1 - Content Release RateIn a few days we will be only lacking two Legion Raids: Brelshaza (NM G1/2 - 1490) and Akkan (NM 1580). We also have Kayangel (NM 1475) that comes with Elgasia continent. This is the main content that KR got from July 2021 to August 2022.
If you play Lost Ark and consume any kind of video and/or stream about it, you know that honing to this contents is not a easy (or cheap) task. Many KR players were not ready for Akkan Hard (1600) even with one year since Brel release.
Vykas came out on June 30 on the west, this makes 3 months between her and Kakul (expected on Sep 28). In this meantime, the community is already raging about the lack of content, many are leaving and not coming back.
We all knew how repetitive Lost Ark is, major contents like new raids and dungeons take time to be developed and released. But when they do, it is fast to make it farming content and repetitive again.
In my opinion, the rate that Content like these raids are being release on the west is fine, we need time to hone and get to the content. Making it faster would be interesting in short time, but we would lack content just like KR, also it would pressure people to hone to be able to keep up with the last available content.
So, the question here is: How will AGS deal with the community eager to have content while it is impossible to release it faster that it is without having drastical consequences?
2 - Classes Release RateIt is not news that Class Releases in the western version of LA is a mess. Destroyer and Arcanist were in the base game in KR and were later released here. Striker and Sorceress were released in 2021 in KR and we had them at launch here. Meanwhile, Summoner, who was also in the base game, doesn't even have a release date.
As I said before, this is not a new game, just a new release. We all know all the classes, their names, their skills and builds. The only surprise that we get is which class will come next for us.
Lost Ark is a game where you need time to catch up the content. Even being bussed, if you switch your main today you need time to get to level 60, time to gether shards to hone, time to do some Valtan and Vykas to get your relic set.
It is dumb to threat us like we are blind and don’t know the classes. There are MANY pleople that are forcing themselves to play other class just to do the content while they wait for their main class to be released.
We are not in Korea, the classes are not new (Artist is almost 9 months old already). Most people already knew which class they were going to main when the game came out 8 months ago.
Imagine that someone will come back to play Machinist now on Sep 28, ignoring Bots, RMT and the Prices of everything, they will have to deal with: low character level, no skill points, no horizontal content done, no stronghold buff to hone, only Argos bus available, Valtan and Vykas gatekeeping. By the time they get to Kakul, they will be lucky if any party accept a player with low gems and no 5x3 eng.
Now lets imagine someone that is playing since day one, waiting for Artist or even Summoner/Reaper release. Imagine how tired they are for playing a class that they don’t want to, just to keep up with the content so they can have their account ready for the class they really want to play. And they don’t even know when that will happen, it can be in 2 or 8 months.
People just want to play their classes and keep up with their friends. I’ve started playing when Destroyer was released while my friends were playing since day one. I could not do Vykas with their mains because I was too behind. I will not be able to do Kakul with their mains because they alredy got a full party since that Vykas. I feel for people that got to the game now and are months behind in content and can’t play with their friends and only have alt parties to do the content, where everyone whant to do it fast and without mistakes.
Do you think classes should be released now? Like, all of them.
For me, classes are not content, release them faster.
3 - HypeFinally, the hype.
If tomorrow the Lost Ark twitter account post a image of a dagger, everybody will know that Reaper is next. If it is a brush, Artist. Umbrella? Aeromancer.
No one will be “OMG WHAT CLASS IS THAT? Will I want to main it? What are her skills?”
There is no surprise or hype. The only thing here eager to FINALLY play that long wanted class.
Same thing for the raids, if you don’t live in a cave you know every gate of Brel already. Same for Kayangel and Akkan.
How can AGS create hype for something that is already there?
Is it our fault that we consume content and get spoiled about what is coming?
Hype is also important to bring new and old player to the game. How can they hype people to come to the game while these people know how far behind they are, and how hard it is to start in the current situation of our regions?
TL;DR:West has no hype/surprise for the Class/Content release. Content is being release at a good pace as we need time to build and hone for it, and making it faster would lead to a massive lack of new content. Classes are taking too long to be release since we all know all the classes, how they play and build.
obs.: sry for any grammar error, english is not my main language :3