You put out more DLC, but haven't fixed the game

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#110

Even if dev did do some of the work…Its not that hard to implement the DLC like if a modder can add stuff so can Dev. It like adding new entry to a data table. And that it. I have made my own foundation and walls before. It isnt really that difficult.


#111

I’d be peeved the mechanic went on holiday, not that the new guy who isn’t able to or allowed to work on engines decided to work on the cosmetics of my car. But then again, I am a logical, reasonable person that can distinguish the differences between multiple job descriptions.

The point is that the people who make the DLC packs are not the same people who handle bug-fixing. Bug-fixing is, typically, a much higher-level position requiring much more experience. Bug-fixing required you to not only know coding (which DLC packs do not) but also how to code properly, identify conflicting code and rewrite it. Even for non-code issues you still have to be able to identify a problem and fix it. DLC makers can be artists with no more programming skill than I have as a basic modder.


#112

Can we please dispense with the age-old “hurr durr those who complain are idiots who don’t understand cosmetics vs bug fixes”. Some probably don’t, it’s true, but others do.

Of course it doesn’t help when Funcom stokes those fires…


#113

I agree with your statement somehow but I would like to point out some finer details.
As you mention pretty old games I assume you are somewhat of a veteran player like me (not saying you are old :stuck_out_tongue:)

Back then it was also common to receive patches with games-magazines on a floppy-disk, yes you young ones, there was a time before the internet :slight_smile:
I do agree however that the overall quality of the released games was way higher than today simply because the companies could not afford to ship a broken game.

There is a backside to it:
Today’s games are way more demanding, not only for computers but devs, and rich on features with nice graphics and all, I am sure you get what I want to say.

Yes it is annoying having to download a Megapatch on Day-1 but there is a counter to that, do not pre-order or buy it on day one if this is an issue for you.

I like bugfixes when they actually fix bugs and yes I would prefer the product to be finished once they release it.

You do understand the concept of EA right?
It is exactly the point that player beta-test the games and give inputs along the way to improve the game prior release and for that we start with a lower pricetag, at least that is the initial idea.

I do not like the generalisation of dev’s ALWAYS are slow with fixes, take Ark for instance.
The patches and content came regularly, until they started to release the title in console EA as well (not saying they should not have), but it really slowed down the patches for PC.

So EA is a concept I like as long as it is worked as intended, and I had my share of bad examples as well CE not counting as one of them.

HOWEVER once you release 1.0 I expect feature-complete in terms of what was promised in EA, I do expect bug-free to a degree we can expect it with any software.

Recent negative example is Stonehearth, a game I backed long time ago with great community interaction of the dev’s (the team is so small they do not even have dedicated community managers) but suddenly the pumped out features, put the 1.0 on it, scraped features and say they fix it till end of the year then it is up to the modders.
At least this seems not to happen here.

Again pointing to ARK releasing DLC WHILE still in EA, great role-model for other devs.

My personal stance is: DLC after release are fine as long as they work (unfortunately they do not right now so you buy additional bugs :slight_smile: )
In case of CE I would still be fine as long as there would be a road-map of how they deal with the complaints we all have.
Sure they made a list of issues but you never get a feel of when there will be something.

Sure @Tascha and the others mention it is fixed internally and comes ASAP, but asap is such a subjective term you never know when approx.
Would they inform better, for me the DLC, eventhough I like them, would be less of a trigger.
No I did not like to read in the first announcement after their long break (they did deserve) that first “patch” will be in order to release another DLC, no matter if put in the cert or whatever prior their break.


#114

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You are absolutely correct, when a game is released from Early Access, it should be complete. I also believe that console releases should be complete and not EA, but other people may disagree with that because they want the opportunity to play right away.

Very true and I myself advise against pre-ordering or EA purchases. I also think a day 1 patch shouldn’t exist, it should be applied before release. I do fully understand how EA works and I am not a fan. I have only purchased 4 games in EA because of the price and promise of a great game, and 2x I was burned by it being abandoned.
Ark is the perfect example of how it should work, with the exception you mentioned, slowing down work due to wanting a console release. But, they have continually worked on patches and development for both.

I purchased CE after release and have not encountered many bugs and therefore will not be harsh on Funcom at this time. However, I do realize that my solo play on my own pc may effect if I do encounter more.

For those who are encountering a lot of problems, I believe you are right to criticize Funcom. They should be working hard to fix problems. Despite it is different devs working on cosmetics or DLC from those who are working on patches, it still feels like a cash grab to release the DLC so soon after official release without fixing the bugs or polish on the game.


#115

Thx. I would have no problem with this idea IF Funcom had been honest and transparent with the “special conditions” of CE sales. After all, each player is responsible for their own money and this is none of my business.

Now if a seller sells something incomplete and defective for the full price and still puts misleading information on the label, I am sure many consumers will not be satisfied - fairly and consistently - with their acquisition. I am in this group.

This is a lesson for any game developer who wants to “play fair” with consumers. I do not deny that I had a sincere interest in knowing CE (after all, I bought the game), but I did not volunteer to receive a complete and stable game “one day” in the future even because this “agreement” has no guarantees or deadlines to be fulfilled.

In my position, as much as I want to play a new game, I demand that it meet the requirements of an “acceptable” game on its official release date.


#116

Those that do understand the difference shouldn’t be complaining about the DLC/cosmetic teams. Those that don’t understand should make an attempt to learn.

As an added note to those saying ‘oh, the game is incomplete’: in 19 years of playing MMOs I have never seen a bug-free release. Guild Wars 2 is the closest I have ever seen to a perfect MMO and even they have bugs. While I do not contest that CE has it’s share of issues, it would be wise to lose this expectation of perfection on release or you will be sorely disappointed.

If you are that concerned about games being unfinished when you buy them then simply wait for reviews post-launch and decide. Read the forums for your potential purchase. Talk to friends who bought it. You can’t justifiably complain about a bad game on release if you failed to research your purchase ahead of time. Constructive criticism, on the other hand, is a completely different story.


#117

AMD equivalent cards run terrible. So he might be using a AMD card.


#118

Sure we should. First off, if you believe that launching DLC doesn’t take anything away from the focus on fixing bugs, you’re naive. Sure, artists and coders are different teams, but QA (such as it is) is clearly a limited resource within Funcom. So is management time and focus. Secondly, launching DLC when your game is so essentially broken as it currently is, is just a big “f… you” to your customers. It’s basically saying “well the product you bought isn’t working, but we don’t care - give us more money if you want any hope of them ever being fixed”. And if you want it from the horse’s mouth as it were, go check what Funcom wrote would be the focus of their first weeks after the vacation period. Hint: it rhymes with “Bee Well Sea”.

CE is far, FAR from perfect but no-one is calling for it to be perfect. The issues it has are near game-breaking (the Thrall/Purge issues especially, closely followed by structures and containers randomly disappearing), and your condescending strawman-style post does not stop that being true.

I was there from day one of EA, and I had Funcom’s back all the way through (go check the old reddit boards if you don’t believe me). I had their backs up to the point where they announced half the features would be cut - that’s when I gave up and left in disgust.

Recently I gave the game another try, wanting to see if full-release plus a bit of time had made a difference, but I find that nothing has really changed: bugs are still rife, patches are still launched without any kind of serious testing (I don’t propose to know Funcom’s internal processes but I can see the results), issues pointed out in testlive are ignored and go on to live, and certain people will still jump on you if you dare mention there’s bugs.


#119

To those who say that developing a DLC does not take away resources: Funcom doesn’t even have enough people to add a new loyality reward every 180 in AoC, it’s really just a single item that needs to be added every half year.
So yeah, developing more DLCs actually does take a big chunk of resources which could be used on fixing bugs.
And to those who say they need the money from DLCs to continue the developement: We in AoC pay monthly subscription for years and were promised a crafting revamp but guess what we didn’t get and got scrapped after 3 years of silence… :wink:

Seems like Funcom still hasn’t learned from their mistakes in AoC…


#120

Once an MMORPG no longer becomes profitable, and merely financially breaks even, with a skeleton crew, which of the following is worse?:

  1. Shut it down, like Electronic Arts did with Star Wars Galaxies, Earth & Beyond, the Sims Online. Or what NCSoft did with Auto-Assault, and Tabula Rasa, or Sony (now Daybreak) with Matrix Online or EverQuest Next. Reduce those pesky overheads. Maximize profitsss! Screw those toxic hypocritical players!

  2. Keep it running on intensive care, convert it to free to play, with next to no updates, like Funcom does with Anarchy Online, Age of Conan, or what Sony (now daybreak) does with EverQuest 2, or NCsoft with Wildstar and more… keep hope that one can restore these games to glory once more…somehow.

  3. Turn it into a singleplayer game with coop, and cash it out as a complete closed product, apple style: The Secret World Legends.

IMHO? They should turn AoC into a singleplayer coopable. I’d buy it again. Never liked raiding.
Monster Hunter World is making a killing right now, and it’s just that. Single Player Coop. Just like Elite: Dangerous.


#121

They are not going to repair bugs ever, I think they are trying to milk last money from game until it will eventually be a closed project… don’t you see how time flies and there are only 2 - 3 bugs repaired out of a list of 1000? It’s normal to add one dlc after another when people are logging in game just to refresh their timers thinking that maybe one day will be playable?! Even if there would be 2 different teams for the dlc and bug fixing… altho the dlc is added to the game by devs as well (resource which obviously they are missing hard) not some sort of sorcery which makes the changes magically appear in game… even in 2 teams just simply fire another dlc after game is in this state means that they don’t care even 0,000000000001% about playerbase… even less about their product’s future… I was liking the game, I had expectations… I already lost my hope… sad.


#122

I was going to write another new post, but it’s not necessary. The same problems exists and I see Funcom isn’t going to fix the base game any time soon.
As a last ditch effort, I’m going to try uninstalling and reinstalling the game one more time. If that doesn’t do the trick, I think I’m just going to do a permanent uninstall and forget about it. Either way, this is the first and last game I ever buy from Funcom. It’s been too long and my patience has reached it’s end.
This is extremely disappointing. I’ve supported this game and loved it since early access and I was hoping it would be a smash. Then the botched and untested update came out two weeks prior to full release. I see the numbers are still steadily dropping on the Steam Charts which tells me I’m not the only one.
Maybe all this will teach this company a lesson about releasing a game before it’s ready…or not, judging by their track record.


#123

Hey Mikey, what features were they talking about that were cut? I don’t suppose you could point me in the direction of any official announcements they made? (I’m totally new to CE and am trying to get a handle on where things are at with this game.)


#124

Amongst this verbal diaherrea of hyperbole, there are some valid concerns…

If Funcom history is any indication, I am anxious.


#126

Huh i had no idea they aldredy started working on another Conan game…

Future internal games:
• Two new projects are in early concept stages and will enter pre-production at the
earliest during the second half of 2017:
o In Funcom Oslo:
:black_small_square: New game concept using the “Conan the Barbarian” IP
:black_small_square: Pre-production pushed to early 2018 due to focus on Conan Exiles
o In Funcom North Carolina:
:black_small_square: New project is in early concepting stage with full production to be
dependent on the performance of Secret World Legends

At least it doesn’t sound like they are abandoning the game anytime soon.

Status:
• The game has been well received by both players and press
o Some negativity due to the lack of official servers to play on at launch, which
was due to the large influx of old players on PC and a higher than expected
ratio of players that wanted to play on official servers vs private servers
o The quality of the game has greatly improved during the Early Access / Game
Preview period and, while the game could have benefited from even more
quality improvements, this was clearly a more stable and of higher quality
launch than the previous launches of this game
o The team continues to improve the quality of the game and listen to the
community to provide the best possible experience to the players


#127

The one thing that keeps me sceptical about it was the date as that was from last year as it makes me think that was part of the plan when CE was in early access when it was coming along as planned via a road map before everything happened that lead to its release. Especially since we havent hear a peep about said game since then as, who knows what ever happened to it.


#128

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