I gave quite a lot of thoughts about writing this post and in the end I decided to go ahead and write it anyway. This blog was created so I could share with you my thoughts and ideas, whether I’m happy or not. This post is very much about my current state of mind, so please, take it as such. With this disclaimer out-of-the-way… let’s proceed.
So.. if you’ve been following the madness that is Swtor Pre-access day 1, you’ll quickly get that there’s two main train of thoughts at play here. On one side there’s those who have gotten pre-access and are enjoying the game, happy that Bioware is taking it’s time with delivering a quality game experience, and then the other who have not had pre-acces and are in varying states of disgruntlement, ranging from disappointed to outright angry.
I am one of the disappointed ones tonight to my great regret. I also feel that Bioware could be handling its launch better, but probably not in the sense your thinking right now.
It’s all about a quality player experience…
Both sides here are debating about the exact same thing, giving players a quality experience with the games. A lot of people with preaccess right now claim that quality is more important than quantity or speed and they praise Bioware actions in taking it slow. You will also see comments about Bioware owning nothing to its players, that the game actual launch is December 20th and that anything before that should be considered a gift. Bioware and these players stance is that the actual in-game experience is the one that ultimately matters. After all, launch period is just that, a period and in a week or so, it won’t matter anymore.
Normally, I’d agree with that statement, but being in the “out” gang today has been an eye-opener experience in a lot of ways. Not being able to play tonight because of a rather convoluted game launch without a lot of information to go by is actually, a game experience. It’s not an in-game experience by any stretch, but I find myself disappointed by the lack of information and my current situation not playing the game. In short, I’m still having a negative experience that revolves around ToR. So while the “In-game” crowd experience is protected, mine does suck at the current moment and pretending otherwise would be dishonest.
Information! Please give it to us!
This is what I’d wish Bioware would do differently. Nearly all the questions revolve around “When?” and Bioware answer is “We’re not telling because X”. I’m not expecting a precise date/hour nor am I criticizing having a staggered launch, I’m criticizing the fact that we simply don’t know. We don’t know how many people are let in by waves. We don’t have any inkling of a timetable. For example, they could have gone with July = day 1, August = day 2 or something similar, or they could simply give us updates of where they’re at right now.
Believe me, it does suck to see that little mail icon and each and every time think that this time it’s the email you’ve been waiting for since 2009 or even longer in some cases. Knowing when or even having a general idea of when would do a lot. Whatever you may think, opening your mailbox to see a new mail and then realizing it’s not that magic email is disappointing. It’s not exactly a pleasant experience. Information, even if its telling people they don’t get in before december 20th would do wonder to stop that sort of sad game where Santa comes into the game bearing gifts but you’re not sure if you’re the next one on the list. Even if you do know he’s going to get to you eventually, seeing him leave the room without giving you anything is a bit disheartening.
So I’m done… sorry for this downer of a post and I do truly wish the best of times to those in-game. I know, be patient and all that but the end result is that on December 13th, this monkey is disappointed and would love to have some solid information.