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I just want it known that before the last beta the game and its starting tutorial and subsequent starting islands were as close to perfection as you can get in terms of a story and lore filled game as you can get. With their latest and last rendition of beta build they forced people to the main city and made those islands which in my opinion are vital to understanding the lore behind the factions "optional" content.
My experience in that beta was nothing short of confusion and disgust, it felt like they wrote a book and then because some people complained they didnt like the first 3 chapters they ripped them out of the book and just drew a giant arrow on a piece of paper pointing to the main city and taped it in its place. I dont have an issue with skipping the starter islands at all but to force everyone to the city which to be fair is overwhelming, confusing, and poorly executed is a terrible choice and when launch date hits and the complaints start rolling in they will realize what a mistake they have made.
In closing you only get one first impression and due to these latest changes i feel its going to be a bad one for many. I only wish to advocate this game and not see it fail as I really enjoy the aspects of the game but to cater to a small vocal minority and ignore the rest of the playerbase is...disturbing.