I’ve been playing since launch, went through all the stages of learning grief with argos, valtan, vykas, etc. and was wondering if there would ever be options to do legion raids with smaller groups or soloable options in the future.
I first want to make the point that yes I understand this is an MMORPG, and that there are many things in this game that allow us to interact with the community. So I don’t quite understand these “play a solo game then” comments when these types of suggestions are made. My belief is that providing the option for legion raids to be entered like guardian raids does not make this game “a single player game”. When I do guardians, sometimes I matchmake, sometimes I solo, and sometimes I join with my friends I know in my non-game life, and help them learn. I think it’d be fun teaching Valtan and seeing my friends fall off, rather than joining with 4 other randoms who may or may not be toxic about it.
And by the way, this HAS happened. At launch, I had about 7 friends I knew from my non-game life, play this and remember that underwater abyssal dungeon with the giant turtle? Whatever it was, we had to bring one random person. One of the friends was just generally messing up, but because we are all friends outside the game, it was just funny. But this 1 random person started posting toxic comments, and just overall ruined the vibe. And not really going to entertain these future boomer comments that we should just deal with it. Literally this is a game feedback post, and I don’t really care about your personal opinion or incredible ability to deal with toxic behavior. Good for you. You’re built different. Proud of you.
I interact with people for work on a daily basis as a corporate executive (believe it or not, don’t care if you don’t), and certain days, I would really prefer to just play the game without the chance for negative / toxic behavior. Like if I have to go to the city, I have the option to drive alone and go through traffic or go on the public train. If I want to go shopping for clothes at the mall, I can choose to hit up my friends or just go alone. Sometimes I want to eat out with my friends, and other days I’d rather just get some Chipotle, go home and eat while watching NBA games.
All in all, the ask is that Smilegate, AGS, or whoever can consider that option in the future. I’ve talked to many of my friends who quit or play less, and that’s a core factor. Forced community with people I / we don’t necessarily want to interact with (and if I / we met them in real life, probably would never speak to them again) doesn’t really make sense for us, and I’m sure many others. Joining a guild is a symptom treater and doesn’t really get to the root cause. Guilds are basically randoms as well.
I’m curious what the revenue loss is from these types of players who quit completely or for extended periods. Also curious if the change I’m suggesting would impact financials negatively, overall impact to EBITDA, etc. But at the end of the day, if it’s just THE WAY the leaders of LA want to take this game, then whatever, this is a moot point. I know in Korea, community is such a huge part of their culture or at least I’ve heard it was like that in the past. My friends and family always had to go drinking after work, and even if they didn’t want to and just go home and rest, they were indirectly “forced”. Not sure if that type of culture also influences these decisions, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Korean Developers just have no idea what Western players enjoy. This is just a generalization here, so I understand I could be completely wrong.
Long post, but I really do enjoy the majority of this game. I love big damage numbers and the gameplay, which you rarely see now. So I just thought this feedback can potentially win back a good amount of players and people I know personally; and ADD to the potential of this game. I’m sure for those who love interacting with random people, those who couldn’t care less about what other people say or think, love this game. Allowing legion raids to be entered with smaller groups or solo would just increase the amount of people who would love this game, without taking away anything from others. I mean honestly, make Clown / Brel harder by all means. Just let me have the choice to go through that struggle with my actual friends. And if not oh well, I tried.