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It's been a while, I really had thought Jagex had come to their senses, The armor looked great, expanded bank space, brought trade and wilderness back, so I gave it a go.. then they decided to do this. of all things, why this? I mean of course the game needs to be modernizd, it lacks free movement, fun, fast paced gameplay, it is terribly grindy and really needs an overhaul. What it really needs is to be rebuilt from the ground up, a new and improved Runescape 3. But that was not what they chose to do, no instead they ripped off abilities from other games porrly implemented them, added a hot bar but did not address the number one complaint about the game nor did they adrees the next 10 after that. Add a hot bar without wasd, thinking that would somehow appeal to the players coming from the WASD market. They never cease to amaze me, really.
This time, No POES ( pissed off ex scapers) no, just disappointment. It is sad to see it go this way. I do not even think you will have the rage you had with the trade and wilderness, nor the fury like was felt from star wars galaxy combat upgrade, just people giving up trying to help them and it eventualy fading into some sort of facebook and mobile phone game . People do not really seem to care as much this time around, they are just " logging out" and being done with it.
So many have left already after trying the Beta, not even arguing with Jagex anymore about it. So many more are leaving very soon. They had so much more potential if they had just made an RS3 from the ground up, left rs2 running a bit and linked vets accounts rewarding them for their dedication over the years. Guess that is too much to expect from a developer these days, oh wait Arenanet had no problem doing that and they don't even have a monthly sub. Guess Jagex just doesn;t think it's Runescape players are important enough to bother with, and they should just stay addicted to their leveling and take whatever garbage they decide to dish out. Sad Jagex, really sad.
Want to fix your game? Let rs2 be, make an RS3 with WASD movement, unique abilities, not half assed ripped ones from other games, fun fast gameplay so that if you have 30 min to play or a day you can still have fun. Make every item in game craftable, tradable, socketable, salvageable, and USEFUL. make skills interesting and fun, not mindless reptition. Make skills worthwhile by rewarding players for their efforts. People get 99 mining in your game so they never have to mine again and for a lame cape, not because they will be able to use it, or will ever use it after working so hard for that skill. The skills should work together to make interesting items that have in game value, and you make them for a profit, not mindlessly make the same thing over and over again for a level and lose money in the process. There is no reason anyone should have to make 100 of any item in game just for a level, no they should make items for fun and profit and no other reason, but that is not how your system is designed. It is a mess, the supplies are worth more than the end objects. Madness.
Solve the issues, don't break the game more. REWARD YOUR PLAYERS. I would say I will be there to see if you do, but I just do not have the heart anymore to care to wait.