Vasilios-KT Posted January 6, 2021 Share Posted January 6, 2021 I would like to look bad at an article released on September 22nd, 2020 entitled "Our vision for Aion, and a reflection on previous decisions." Now, I would like to look back at some points made by NCWest and in the end I am asking. Whats the vision now? Now for background information, for anyone who wasnt playing at this time, when 7.5 (i think it was 7.5, i cant keep up with any past patches ) came it had many glorious features this included, most notably, the Tiamat and Ereshikgal transformations and the afk farming system. Now, this farming system, in particular, wasnt released on NA, but it was released on KR and EU. Thats about all the background information you need. But heres some quotes from it Quote To give a bit more insight into the reasons behind this decision, it's important to understand our philosophical approach to MMORPGs as the NCSOFT West Aion team, and as players of MMORPGs ourselves. For us, the primary thing separating MMORPGs from many other game genres, even other online games, is the vibrant community and social interaction they encourage. Rather than logging in and participating in a series of matches against random players each session, players enter the same virtual world together, where they can run into familiar faces and build relationships with one another.... Our takeaway from this research is that auto-hunting has a profound effect on player communities by causing a substantial shift towards solo play. The corollary to this is a reduction in player interaction and engagement. https://www.aiononline.com/news/sept-2020-producers-letter Now, I want to bring back my question. Whats the vision now? Since this news release we have had multiple events and special occasions that punished and discouraged any multiplayer activities, or things that were implemented into the game and further divided players, by making them have to solo even more to make accomplishments, or creating a situation where players are giving the ability to progress without giving everyone the same capabilities (and no, I am not talking about p2w and f2p.... this time). I do want to add that my memory is not the best, so I may have forgotten or left out some things. But here are two examples, that I remember: The first event right after this post, "Harvest Festival & Hanbok Pixel" showed an aspect that punished players for grouping to work through the event. The Pine Lover Moon mobs spawned every day from 20:00 to 22:00 sever time, I dont know about asmos but swarms of elyos on KT came in and were killing these mobs like crazy. The first three days of me trying to farm, i got like 10 pines in total. It was crazy times. After that, more and more players grouped up but there was still a lot of mob stealing. The players that did group up had to give up pines, because they had to be rolled on and divided up between the rest of the group members. This HIGHLY discouraged group activity and working together as a community, if anything it did the complete opposite. We did get a survey with pines, but this feature was still implemented and approved by the NCWest team in the first place. It was shown with enormous criticism and no change was made to the feature itself. Then the current events going on, they discourage group activity and community building more than anything before. First of all, the Melons are roll-able again so they cant even be farmed as a group, but thats not as important. The NPCs that spawn at 9:00 server time every day, are absolutely horrible. They might as well have been taken out of the event entirely. How can something thats so limited be so community building, or encouraging players to work together. A +12 RANDOM class-based stigma bundle has FIVE stock for the entire server, an Ariel transformation or an Imbued weapon has ONE stock for the entire server. One, thats it. I know people who have been going to these NPCs every single day since they stated working, and they havent gotten a single thing. Personally, I have been going these last few days and I havent been able to buy one +12 stigma bundle. Even the enchantment stones, I know several people who still havent been able to get them even though they go every day. A vast majority of the people getting these rewards are those who have bots, this event has done nothing but encourage bot activity and tell players its okay to cheat. These types of events hurt a faction more then helping it, players get excited and believe they have a chance but then they get shut down night after night. Personally, these NPCs spawn late for me and Ive tried to stay up to get to them. But whats the point if the chances for me to get one +12 stigma box is .000001%. It feels like im trying to get an ultimate transformation from any event, except I literally get nothing else when I fail. So back to my question. What is the vision now? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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