Aight, I saw some folks ranting about this a few nights ago, but it happened to me too, so I thought I’d share my thoughts here. I tried in area chat, but it was vitriolic as usual, assuming I was either dumb or inexperienced or perhaps even just young.
TLDR: When you turn 50 several important looking quests appear in your guidebook directing you to vern then lock you out of the main goal which appear to be chaos dungeons. Vern quests locally provide little to no gear to get beyond the 250IL requirement, so people are getting stuck in a “hole” the game funnels them into and if area chat is to be believed, many are getting frustrated and quitting.
The real meat and potatoes: I was in the 2nd map or so of arthentine when I turned 50, lots of splashes, quests opening, awakening things all important looking things to do, flashing icons in the center of your screen, the whole nine. I am one of those slow poke players, taking my sweet time, doing all the content and actually reading them, following along. When the big event it happens, some players, like myself stop what we are doing and begin chasing purple quests as the game shows us. We get an awakening chain, cool, a whole new ability slot! We get led to vern, and then told all about the awesome chaos dungeons, and then suddenly there is a gear score wall we have to achieve to get in. Makes sense, right?
So we start the local vern quest chains. And quest. And quest. And quest. Very little, to no gear is dropping to carry us to, or beyond the 250Il miniumum and god help you if you ask people how they’re GS 1000000 in area chat. You’re a retard, or you tried to “skip” things etc. Those people plainly pre-studied the game because after talking with some other folks running around the forrests of vern, I realized all the people that are just taking their time trying to be quest completionists are having this happen and have 2 options. Read a guide, or just go back to arthentine where we were, and just stare at the vern quests in our log ufn.
I’ve spent the last 2 days trying to figure out what to do, IN GAME, with NO GUIDES, and the game seems to have a design hole that is funneling us to vern before we are ready, and to some of the super casuals, I can tell you from my experience at least, they’re getting frustrated, since everyone promised the game “opened up” at 50. To the folks like me, it didn’t “open up” at 50 it literally dead ended, and imho that’s a pretty serious design flaw in the game flow.
I’m not one of these doomsayers; I’ve been playing daily the past 2 weeks, and don’t see that stopping anytime soon, bought a founders pack, so before the area chat white knights jump up and down on me for daring to criticize their game, I’m in it for the long haul and while it’s not an insurmountable problem to ME since I am not racing to keep up with the jonses, I seriously think the quest design team should watch their father play the game, no hints, no advice, and I’ll bet dollars to donuts the older players like myself will all have nearly the same experience. Yeah, I could go read a guide and study up on the game, but that feels wrong to me, I think the game should show us without the need for external guides.