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During each phase of beta, I try to make a big post to the testers about the feedback we've received and the things we were doing to address it. Based off the feedback we've seen in CBT2 and CBT3, we've decided to make some big changes to address the hottest topics we've been seeing, both from our beta testers as well as from outside sources (Yes, that means you, guy who comments on all the leaks). We wanted to take some time to communicate those changes to our wider community as well, to bring you into our plans a little earlier than usual to give an idea of how we react to feedback. There are two main areas we are working on updating:
There's no "player choice" involved in character progression
We've gone through two iterations of the Milestone system so far, but we never really spoke about it publicly because it wasn't in a place we were happy with. The first version allowed you to slot passive abilities alongside your active abilities, but were tied to hitting certain stat thresholds to unlock them. The second version removed the "slotting" and simply unlocked more milestones as your stats increased. Long story short, the system was purely gear-based, and players didn't like that their character had no progression on its own.
The Combat team has been working on a design of a new player progression system which allows you to customize your character's development as you level through the game. It's a little early to reveal any details about the new system, but the design of it has been completed and is moving on to the implementation stages.
Mob tagging and shared quest credit are not emblematic of a modern MMO.
Our solution to this hotly debated topic is by far the biggest change we've got planned, and it will fundamentally change the entire quest system in our game. After taking a step back and evaluating our current questing system, we've come up with a redesign that we believe addresses the concerns our players have expressed about the current quest/tagging system while remaining true to the vision of WildStar.
So, what is this change? Well, it comprises two major shifts in design:
Wow, that was a lot to go through, and that's only a few of the major things we've been tracking from our beta test. As you can see, we're making some complex system changes to the game based on the huge amount of feedback we received during the first three phases of beta. Now the teams are going to be putting their heads down and work on implementing the changes we talked about above as well as lots of other changes in preparation for the next phase of beta, which will start later this year.
We want to extend a huge thanks to the beta testers from CBT1 through 3, as well as all the Stress Testers who've helped push our servers to their limit so far. We'll be starting back up later this year, and will make sure we both invite our old testers back to see the changes as well as bring new testers into the fold to get us some great new first impressions. We'll be back before you know it!