No more excuses
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Join Date: Jun 2012
No more excuses
10-11-2012, 09:57 PM
I've been following The Secret World for a while, and Funcom has demonstrated something which sheds some light on the development practices of other developers, including Cryptic.
Playable Content on a regular basis that isn't just some mindnumbing grindfest is one of the big things this community really wants out of STO and yet Cryptic cannot seem to be bothered to deliver it. Meanwhile, Funcome, essentially a small developer like Cryptic, gets cut almost in half with layoffs right after launching The Secret World, and yet they have managed to release THREE content patches in a three month span, with a fourth patch expected before the end of the month. True their second patch got delayed until the latter half of the third month due to the need to restructure the team after the mass layoffs that happened just before it was originally slated to go live. But then a couple of days after launching patch #2, they pushed Patch #3 live, and they did it a couple of days earlier than it ordinarily would have launched, based on the scheduled dates of Patches #1 and #2.
If Funcom can deliver regularly scheduled content packs like that, what is everyone else's excuse. From my perspective, they don't HAVE an excuse, except for maybe that they are not structured for playable content development and deployment on a monthly basis and Funcom is. If that is the case, my question has to be "why not?"
It is a matter of live content development philosophy. If it is based around playable content being produced and released regularly, then that is what will happen. If it is based around fluff item deployment via cash shop and lottery box, then THAT us what will happen. It is what IS happening.
Speaking strictly for myself, I will not spend any real money to buy fluff items. EVER. I will however subscribe to STO again if playable content development and deployment on a regular basis, as in MONTHLYm became a priority to Cryptic/PWE. As it is they will get NO money directly from me because I do not play games for fluff. I play games for PLAYABLE content.
So as far as I am concerned, Funcom has proven that playable content can be released monthly. So other developers have no excuse as to why they cannot produce and deploy their own monthly playable content. No... It isn't that they cannot. They just WILL not.
I'm tired of it. To Cryptic I say give me a reason to spend real money on STO that doesn't amount to some fluff item.