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Hello everyone. I have been lurking around these forums for awhile but decided to join today and will start by voicing some of my concerns about this game.
First of all, if you haven't watched the 6 month progress video of Shroud of the Avatar please watch it on the their website.
So, what are your thoughts? As a non-citizen backer, here's what I think --
1. This game is going to be all about HOUSING! WTH?? I do not want to live in a VIRTUAL house, decorate a room with VIRTUAL chairs, pictures etc. from the game. If I wanted to do that, I could play The Sims or Second Life. A little simulation in a game ok... but this to the extreme. It seems they have forgotten that before this a virtual world, it is a GAME. And a game is supposed to be fun because of something called GAMEPLAY. I think they are making a big mistake by neglecting the the actual game (quests, stories, fighting, players etc) so early in development. Instead, they are bringing housing to the forefront and treating it as one of the main pillars of the game. You almost seem at a disadvantage not to own a house.
2. If housing requires a $200+ investment just to have the minimum deed+property (some say $500 for citizen makes most sense), HOW DO THEY EXPECT TO GET A DECENT PLAYERBASE?
Are they seriously setting themselves up for failure? This model will never work. The only people who will populate the game will be die-hard fans. It will have a hard time becoming a widely played MMO. I don't think anyone in their right mind can pay that kind of money for a video game (no, correction-- video simulation). Casual gamers like myself will go elsewhere. But wait, there's more...
3. If you do not pay this money UPFRONT, well SORRY, you lost your chance to own a house for a long time (until episode 2?)
So let me get this straight... the game is not even near launch yet. We do not know how successful it will be. You expect me to shell out serious cash and take a huge risk like that without even knowing how things will turn out.
I hope I am wrong. I think the dev team is doing some great work, but their direction is seriously flawed and I don't know who is responsible, whether it's Richard Garriott or someone else.