Some time around the last year I completely lost my trust in SOE – Daybreak – that company with the shovelware. It’s funny saying that as not too long ago I remarked in one of the Couch Podtatoes that I felt they were the good guys of MMO development. I’m not sure when that was exactly and there were a lot of big events lately for me to lose heart but I think it was more of a gradual loss over time and that seems a shame.
I have never been involved with any of their games, they were mostly beyond my time and their recent additions weren’t something I was interested in. Nevertheless I appreciated their approach, the games they produced that influenced the genre immensely and of course what seemed like an excellent community driven approach.
From what I’d seen of random panels and games exhibitions they seemed like a group that was generally enthused in what they were doing and making, excited about mmo’s as much as the people who played them and it was a rather infectious attitude to be around. I think that is the main reason why I payed into the Landmark alpha. I wanted to be apart of that.
Now that whole feeling is mostly gone and in its place is that cold dispassionate feeling i have when I think about many of the other big companies that have abused the industry too long. Whenever I hear news about them now it’s no longer interest that drives me, there isn’t any hate either I just pass over it all completely. No thank you
I think a big part is the giant experiment that was landmark which has now been going on for nearly a year and a half now. A year and a half and it is still basically a shell of what was hyped and planned. I guess it still might happen (unlikely since they recently scraped their long term blueprint) but when you buy into those things you have a certain expectation, this expectation was used to sell the title but bears absolutely no relation to the reality.
I’ve always listened to the ranting of Syncaine, or even Wilhelm regarding Landmark as that sarcastic half truth kind of ranting. I do it as well so naturally I look at those kind of opinions rather sceptically.
Now hearing their opinions about it I can’t help but see the large nugget of truth, that steaming pile right out in the open that is impossible to miss. I think the most recent change I can see is how, He always said Landmark was nothing but an experiment to see if they could get unpaid idiots to make their next game for them. The building prompts always seemed fine to me, helpful to them of course but not a replacement for actual developers. And then I saw the recent tweet and attached forum post asking for something as inane as repeatable tiles for a sewer system under Qeynos… is that really what this has come too?
And then there is the Hype Train for EQN that started strong, fell of a cliff and was then left to rot away in some unknown desert…. occasionally passed by with but a nod of regret. At this stage it does feel like the entire thing is just some form of vaporware, well not entirely. I’m sure it will release in some kind of early access system eventually but I doubt it will ever be close to what was hyped or promised.
Silly little comments around it keep me completely devoid of any interest as well. Just recently it was stated that they have switched development over to EQN yet I seem to remember them just a few months ago making statements about its continued development…well which is it? I guess they are still truthful although up until this point it was more the work of unpaid testers.
And then there is the split from Storybricks or the complete lack of any real gameplay since it’s reveal 2 years ago. Yes a bland city scape and pockets of terrain but nothing demonstrating the real foundations of what was revealed during that original soe presentation. Even last year it was still abstract presentations to show the planned ideas and principles.
EQN used to be something I was excitedly awaiting. More than that I thought it was going to revolutionary and change the shape of the genre. Now I just fall into some kind of hysterical laughter when anyone even mentions a possible release.
Hizzy is a rather unique joke as well that makes me laugh. A project that was original teased as a new home for Star Wars Galaxy veterans and yet what we got was another undeveloped buggy zombie apocalypse. And not a very good one either. And yeh – I still won’t forget their cash shop ideas either.
And come on. Their ideas on early access or rather overused, and what I consider abused too in how they seem to offer it up extremely early in development for extravagant amounts which then progresses to less and less development. Not to mention usually hyping something completely different than the reality.
It just seems that a once great company with values and morals, one making games for the love has become a company relying on vague promises or content, badly chasing current trends. That’s just not something I could ever care about.