This is a money machine to them and nothing else. There was no passion involved in the development of this game nor in Amazon publishing it. It’s a generic bad vs good storyline that took inspiration from many other actual passion projects. Isn’t that what Smilegate does with their other projects too?
Whoever is handling the updates for the Western Release I don’t really care but I see what they are doing.
With a flick of a switch they could turn on a whole host of quality of life features or even classes but they don’t because they can trickle them in their monthly updates to make it seem like huge changes. What they did is start with a huge steaming dog plop, hype this up to the max as they do hold that power through Twitch and whatnot, milk it while it’s stinky and hot then actually start switching on already created improvements when players start dropping which creates a contrast of “wow this game is a lot better than it was” which retains players. Why would anyone want to be under this treatment and continue to pay them knowing they purposely constrict enjoyment they could of gave the players from the start but decided to use psychological operations for more money.
I for one don’t like being part of some psychological experimentation or treated like cattle and appreciate when games are made and published with passion not greed. That and this game really, really tries to get people to have Lost Ark as part of their daily and weekly routine. Not everyone likes cleaning their bed in the morning but do it enough and eventually not doing it feels wrong. If the company was passionate about making enjoyable games they would not need to go to these measures to try and keep people trapped into playing.
If this is the type of game people regard as high quality these days I feel really worried about what future generations will see as their norm.