I don’t get it.
They could do some easy stuff for crafters and gatherers that would keep them playing, but they instead… meh. It is a solid system, a good chunk of MMO players want to craft and gather, a lot. They like doing it, they like making stuff for others and selling stuff… yet NW seems out to crush this area. Why? It makes no sense.
They don’t make UI changes or PvP responsiveness improvements (granted PvP lag and other bugs are not easy to fix, but this is a core aspect and certain things need to be worked on, even if progress is slow any progress helps to keep players playing. Like weapon switching… fix it)
They wall off expeditions, time-gate… etc. ect.
They choose to force everyone to do the GS grind… say goodbye to players with less than 20 hours a week to play or who mainly want to PvP, which is over 50% of the potential player base…
Huge great looking world… where gameplay is being funneled into a few areas.
All data says most players (and any new players) are still leveling… yet most changes and what not are for the 5%… why? Because they complain the most? Any MMO will die without new players coming in.
Many gross imbalances that need to be addressed yet never are, that will cause long-term problems in both the economy and end-game wars.
OK, AGS did do transfers and merges fairly quickly (with issues, but they did them, and many MMOs have issues). They also tracked down some dupers and bots, and banned them. Cheating is always an ongoing issue but at least they are attacking the problem, it is a tough problem in all MMOs and games. They have fixed a number of bugs, some were really bad. So some progress is being made and that is great.
But the direction AGS is taking NW… it will turn NW into a small pop niche MMO. Some will like that a lot but it will greatly limit future developments due to a lack of funding, which probably means a P2W cash shop at some point. I don’t mind niche MMOs, have played plenty, but AGS (IMO) is not a studio that will happily run a niche MMO. The devs might be fine with it but management will not. Devs will get re-allocated off this project to something else that is using this engine.