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It seems to me that SOE has been releasing games without thought or care for the players for the last 10 years. Flop after flop, bad game play, bad bugs, bad design. Over promising and under delivering. Rushing games out the door for a quick buck. SOE seems to run its games division like it runs its movie division. It will give a title a certain budget and a time limit and damn the consequences it will be released on time and on budget and they will take a win or loss on what they have at that point. More often than not it has been losses thus far,. Not for them, but for us.
Lets take a look at SOE latest release Planetside 2. Another MMO from SOE that promised it all and under delivered by a long shot. Beta testers were screaming not to release the buggy unrefined game lacking in so many of the features that the previous version had. Instead the big wigs at SOE released it anyway because the budget was blown and the time limit was up.
Sure SOE loved the fact that the game initially was a cash cow with cash shop idiots spending a bundle, but they found out quickly that when people quit a buggy boring game, they usually do not come back. No players means no spending at the cash shop. Sure enough, they have decided NOW is the time to fix the performance issues that everyone wanted fixed BEFORE release. Too little to late though, just another dying SOE failure.
Will SOE ever learn? Will they take a page from their Japanese brethren at Square Enix (who shut down FFXIV spent the cash and time, and fixed what was wrong) and do the right thing? WoW is the most popular MMORPG of all time and one of the biggest reasons it is so is because Blizzard listened to its beta testers and delayed the release by a year to FIX the buggy and boring aspects of the game. WoW was a polished game upon release and had tons of working features to engross the player. It delivered on its promises. Will SOE take its time this time? Can they hold on to their dicks for the time it takes to make a good game instead of blowing their load for quick satisfaction?
I personally hope EQN is delayed at least a year for release in 2015 if it assures us that all the features that are promised are properly implemented and polished. Please SOE, think about the long term rather than the short term just this once. Spend the little bit more cash and time it takes to do it right. The MMO community is ripe for the picking with a polished AAA title. Just give us something that is not the garbage that we have been force fed for the past 10 years.
That is all.