I seriously cant believe I am posting this as it is so not me, but here goes. In light of recent events, I feel that I must poliely and impassionately, now raise some felt causes for concern for the first time since I joined the forum. Anyone who has read my posts knows that I am no troll. I have always been one of Funcoms strongest supporters. I have stated that I like and respect their business model, have encouraged others to remain patient in times of unrest, and have warned about the dangers of a sense of entitlement. However, as a console player myself, for the first time since buying the game back in May, I am genuinely concerned by the current direction things are taking. So I am very sorry, but for the first time I must complain to Funcom about the way things have been proceeding.
To begin, let me say that I dont claim to have a expert knowledge of the difference between patching to PC as opposed to console, aside from the fact that PC is much easier or more workable. The thing which is really starting to concern me at this point however, is the disparty between release times for these patches across the platforms. And to the best of my knowledge, this is the longest one thus far. I remember a time not so long ago now when Funcom stated that they wanted to try and keep the patch releases as close together as possible, to the point of holding one platform’s back, so it could be released around the same time as others. So what happened to that…!? I liked it, as it was construed as fair and equitable. [I am now going to make a number of observations regarding releases, but I can not recall exact dates, and find the ‘announcements’ section more difficult to navigate/understand than the rest of the forum. ***So if I make any errors here PLEASE feel free to let me know or correct them**.*]
The thing is that PC players first recieved the initial ‘Qualty of Life’ patch late last year, around november or december if memory serves me correctly. Console players were told to hang in there, it wont be far behind it. Ok all good. Pc players then recieved the ‘Black Yetti’ patch. Console players were then told the two patches would be released together soon. Argh ok. That was around 3-4 months ago now. Then there were also other smaller additions added to this, while we were reassured that the parity patch for consoles wouldnt be far behind. Now there has been a whole new massive update which adds a ton of content, dungeon, recipes and overhauls the entire Unnamed City. We were told that consoles would be brought up to par as soon as possible, but again I reiterate my point…that was 3 months ago now! Much like a slowly growing list of other players who are ordinarily supportive, I am now beginning to gain the impression that a double standard exists, and we console players are second class citizens. Look I honestly dont care about the new content at this point. But the thing which does bother me is that there are literally dozens, or hundreds of bug fixes which need to be released yesterday. And here is the bottom line behind my argument. Why couldnt we recieve each update seperately like the pc did…!? I personally would have much rathered recieved these updates in regular ‘installments’ like the pc playerbase than saved them all up for one big, much later release. Console players havent recieved a major update since the the Katana update, which made a god awful mess of a game which was finally starting to look good and stabilise at that point (for example, that absurdly annoying kick in building mode bug, thrall feeding pots which still dont function, pickaxes which wont harvest, still no vines exist, and it goes on). And now while pc players are enjoying a cornucopia of fixes and new content we are still being told ‘as soon as we can’, and suffering from the Katana fallout. And I just dont get what has changed so much from this time 5 months ago. Is it a cost saving measure to release them less often? Because as far as I can tell, they dont even sound like they are even any closer to being submitted for certification now than they were 3 months ago.
But then there are other things which drive this train of thought too. For example, offering the Atlantean Sword to people who assist with the testlive. Another bonus that only pc players get. In the interest of fairness, why couldnt console players be extended a similar, yet different offer? For example, by unearthing and reporting previously undiscovered bugs. Sadly, I doubt we will ever get to experience mods either. But that is a seperate issue which I am not too concerned about right at this moment. Oh and did I mention that due to the amount of disparity, I am being hit with ‘spoilers’ for the new content constantly on the forums? But I am trying to avoid it where possibly, so that at least some of the Unnamed City update can still be a surprise. Finally, there are other logistical issues which concern me personally. You see I live in a country where unlimited internet data is far from a sure fire thing. It usually requires line rental and a lock-in contract, and can be quite expensive. For me trying to download such a big, single update will probably result in having to fork out extra money, or downloading it in chunks (this would mean more waiting). Although I acknowledge that most wouldnt have this problem, so think of it as me ‘just putting it out there’. I genuinely hope that I am being unreasonable, but I just cant shake this horrible feeling that something is amiss.
Look, as I stated earlier, I like and respect Funcom and the way they do business, and their kind and friendly staff who listen to our concerns. I am sorry if I sound angry or entitled, because I am certainly not trying to. And please dont worry; I assure you all that I am not going to start hating and trolling now; I havent gone over to the darkside. I promise. However, myself and many others are now understandably concerned, and sliding ever so slowly, closer toward disenfranchised. I feel that I owe both other users and Funcom my honesty on this matter, and not just acting like a yes man or all is normal. And I sincerely and humbly believe that these concerns need to be addressed and acted upon sooner rather than later.
PS- I know that it is difficult to convey emotion and tone through text. So please interpret this message as being spoken in the context I intended; a concerned, polite, constructive tone. Thankyou all for listening.
PPS- Sorry it was so long! Faithful out.