Hey man! Sorry I missed your message! Thanks for the kind words, it definitely warms my heart that people still think about me. This is gonna be a long post, but I’ll gladly answer your question about the changes.
I did quit like everyone else hahaha. As a PvPer, the game is a joke now. The “rebalance” made PvP worse that ever in AO and absolutely destroyed balance. Rampant exploits and P2W aspects in the cash shop, such as the nano cans, also drove me away. I won’t get too deep into that or my post will magically disappear. Also, TNET absolutely ruined PvP. There’s some very bad apples that enjoy multiboxing and griefing more than creating a fun and healthy environment that spurs competition. People are still trying to claim Copy of the Excalibur is legit at 60. It isn’t.
This is definitely more of a personal complaint, but I hate the new starter area and ICC. Also, recycled content does not interest me in any way and Awakened Beast Armor makes PvP very pointless. Even trying to find Inferno teams is a slog because most people just multibox it. I feel like AO has adapted the idea of giving the customers what they want the customers to have, not what the customers want. First rule of fight club; don’t give the customer something they don’t ask for.
My last point of contention will be complaining about the cash-grab practices. It’s AO’s 20th anniversary. Most games are lucky to see 5. This is a momentous occasion. How will they celebrate? Perhaps doing something special with community members and whatnot? Get All American Rejects to perform another in-game concert? No. One year sub reward XP armor to appeal to all the people multiboxing 6 accounts to level their alts. You’re welcome.
Even after saying all that, would I love to come make a new Shade, Keeper, or MP and love the leveling process and enjoy immersing myself in the world? Absolutely. And I’m so glad people still love and enjoy the game in the same way. But with the current state of AO, I see very little reason to return. The game is a shell of its former self, but maybe listening to the community could remedy that one day.
Sorry for the long response, but I hope I was thorough! I also put a video up on my feelings a few years back, but I can’t post that here either haha.