There’s lately been a little bit of drama regarding powepass/express events. Even tho CMs initially hinted that there’s a possibility Machinist/Scouter won’t come with a powerpass, but did not give a definite answer on the topic, people assumed it was a clear ‘NO’ so they rioted on reddit, forums and twitter, and as we all know, we received both powerpass and express with scouter due to feedback.
Problem with this is, again, poor communication. Some might say It’s not AGSs fault, SG doesn’t inform them in time, but that is incorrect way to look at it, they are both equally at fault as they are supposed to be working as one entity. Means that both companies either have problems communicating between themselves or worse, they don’t care about the global servers playerbase to that point where they just don’t talk with us at all. Either way, our regions are being treated like unwanted child that’s being milked but neglected all the time. I honestly don’t care about server down times, game can be down for 3 days if needed, I don’t need any compensations for it either, free stuff is always nice but I honestly don’t care about it. I think that all of us can survive without few battle chests or what not. I just want important things to be communicated in a timely manner.
Stuff like powerpass/express events are announced at least a month or even before that in KR, while we find out literally 1 day before the thing drops. On RU servers, they have hyper express with each class release, and not only that but they have story express events (similar to what we have right now with scouter) in between those hyper express events, so they have a pushing event live all the time basically even when there is no new classes.
Now, do we need express events being live non stop? No, not really. We are not asking for that. But how bad is a plan on a scale from 1 to absolutely horrible to release express event + powerpass for Arcanist, and deliberately time gate it to expire 1 day before Scouter releases and then give nothing to scouter? That is just awful idea. Of course this didn’t happen due to feedback, but it’s such nasty practice that by the looks of it one future class release will have to endure, unless people literally riot against it.
I am using this post to kindly ask both AGS and SG to not engage in such practices. Glavier/Destroyer shared a pass and that was totally fine and no one would ever complain about it, except, due to lack of communication from AGS, they confirmed it after 1 month of express event being live that Destroyer will not get his own event and that its shared with Glavier.
One month. Even tho they knew about it the whole time, and told to players when of course everyone already used it on either Glavier or some other class. Current express lasts until Nov 23rd, and it’s safe to assume according to existing release cadence that Reaper or Summoner will come out on that day. What I am asking here is to please not release Reaper for example with 0 events being active. If you plan on shipping the class without any events or powerpasses, extend the current event for couple of weeks and communicate that with players before it’s too late.
So far, every single ‘roadmap’ we got was not a roadmap at all, but a vague one/two month teaser that doesn’t mention any dates. How does a child that’s not neglected get their roadmaps? Like this:
Stop giving us impressions that you don’t care. It’s been killing the game slowly, not just because of bad road maps obviously, there’s many other things that account for that. Let’s remind everyone that it took SG/AGS one month to remove gold from a pet quest, that is btw one of the first quests in the game, after millions upon millions of bots already exploited it, and players begged them to remove it the entire time. Same happened with infinity chaos dungeon and now most recent example thornespire bot exploitation. It takes them months to fix these things that are in most cases one line of code, every time we had economy completely destroyed due to these exploits and it all could’ve been prevented if someone cared to react fast enough.
After each time something was poorly communicated we get promises and glimpses that it will be better, but so far that hasn’t been the case.
Just to clear this out, I am not holding forum CMs reliable for bad communication, I blame both companies because they are the ones responsible for all the decisions and CMs are here only to tell us what those decisions are. They can’t tell us something they simply don’t know.
There’s many things I would like to talk about like how balance changes/Tripod QoL should be pushed out at a rapid pace, because QoL changes shouldn’t be held back, they are implemented for a good reason, because something was badly designed and needed a change. But we can talk about those some other time.