I am part of the HyborianAgeRP server. This particular roleplay server was the number one private server in the world for weeks after full release. The applications flooded in like wildfire. In under a month, we had over 300 people white-listed to the server and still more waiting on the white-list for approval or denial.
The server is now on Season 3. I have been a heavy supporter and promoter of the server, as well as a streamer and player. I have logged hundreds of hours on this game in the months since it’s full release. I am also not the only one. There are countless people who log triple as much time as I do/have.
However, I had to sit out this season. There were a few bugs that have pushed me away (as well as others) but all of these bugs, I would overlook if VOIP was fixed. Not being able to interact or drive our stories is frustrating and ruins the desire to keep logging in. All of this effort went in to un-needed DLCs and extra content that is also broken, when the VOIP could have been fixed instead and half of the players that quit Conan would be back. Who needs a pet bear when you can’t interact with another player? Who needs a religion to follow and preach about if you have no voice to preach with? Who needs marble buildings if your voice cant boom over people with the power of royalty?
I would gladly deal with invisible lava, glitched thralls, broken building pieces, broken bosses, and all the other bugs if I had VOIP. I KNOW I am not the only one who feels this way. I have spent many many hours in Discord calls with other retired Conan players about how much all we want to do is be able to talk and hear eachother.
I played a season where my character and another were a “couple”, yet half of the time they couldn’t speak to one another or hear one another. It’s to the point, we were putting up small signs to TRY to communicate. That is just ridiculous in my opinion. That is just ONE of my many many experiences and I know many have had far worse to the point of just being a mute character for a whole season.
Conan is dying. I have seen it die slowly over the weeks. VOIP will bring hundreds back. VOIP will keep people around. Conan has the most RP potential of any game out there right now. If only we had a voice.
Listen to your players. Drop the other fixes in the works. Fix the VOIP. You will have many more people in your corner if you do. Otherwise, myself and many others have no trust in the Funcom brand.