The Pace of ThingsAugust 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 22 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
As much as I like the pace of new content added to the game it has created a few problems.
You can’t really take a break from the game because so much of the content has been temporary. A half dozen sets of achievements that we’ll never see again, that nobody will ever experience again. Arenanet thinks that adds a certain amount of specialness, a unique quality, and I don’t disagree. However, for the odd player who took a break from the game, who didn’t know about the game? Does that make them feel like they’ve fallen behind and can never catch up?
That can’t be good for retention, and retention is the life blood of a game whether it is sub based or not.
Then there are those who; have kids, have a job, have a social life. How do they keep up with the rapid pace of content? Sure the Queen’s Jubilee and Gauntlet achievements have been around for a month and if one dedicated themselves one could complete these within the time frame. But what about the times that content is around for only two weeks? For someone who likes achievements but doesn’t have a lot of time, I would think they feel alienated.
Well, I know they do, as I know several people who feel this way.
For me this is the main reason I want more permanent content. Most people, I think, are after a wider variety of things to do and a sense of permanent change. I just want to be able to finish things at my own pace.
I think Arenanet, quite cleverly, has decided they needed to add a sense of urgency to play that is lost when your player base isn’t paying a monthly subscription. If you’ve got temporary content, players have to log in to see it, and if they’ve logged in there’s a better chance they’ll buy that cash shop item than if they haven’t logged in.
I can’t say it’s a big deal. It’s just achievements. Most people either get it done, don’t care, or complete what they can and move on with their lives. It can be a bit annoying, that’s all.
On a side note it’s not looking like more permanent stuff will be seen any time soon. Super Adventure box for September, Halloween in October, Wintersday in December.
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