You know how to fix the lag in that zone? Make another zone that people want to be in,
Not sure you completely understood the problem they had with this zone, even after people openly avoided it - after they admitted there was a massive problem with the zone and after a supposed fix it was still borked. Releasing an expansion to fix a hole like that and charging for it, is not good business sense and...people noticed, enough to send in a lot of negative feedback. Those people and what they accomplished will speak and say more than you ever could when you try to rationalise Cryptics choices.
I'm not going to say anything further. I know what happened, I actually played through COs and STO and from both experiences I have made up my own mind for my own reasons and I am not alone in this. So please stop trying to tell me I'm wrong for...what ever reason. I don't appreciate it when a company tries to swindle me. And they seldom keep my interests/custom after the fact.
Today, Cryptic_Stormshade confirmed what the Champions Online community was speculating on since the early morning hours -- that Cryptic_Daeke, the Champions Online community manager, has parted ways with Cryptic Studios.
I could not find any proof that anyone resigned over this. It was a test, and it failed. That isn't to say that it will fail for other companies or for the same company at other times.
David "Daeke" Bass's leaving comes amidst heavy fire from the community on Cryptic's most recent endeavor, the addition of Vibora Bay in Champions Online. Daeke was the first member of the Cryptic staff to acknowledge that Vibora Bay would be a piece of paid content, and not a free patch to the game.
The switch in community managers is sudden and unexpected, leaving many in the Champions Online community wondering if this event and Vibora Bay's announcement are somehow related. Stormshade, however, has declined to speak any further on Daeke's departure, simply stating, "Daeke has moved on to other things. We wish him the best of luck wherever that path takes him."
Stormshade has now stepped away from Star Trek Online to become the new CM for Champions. We here at Massively would also like to take the time to wish Daeke the best and luck with whatever he pursues next.
Here's the link. http://www.massively.com/2010/02/03/community-manager-daeke-leaves-cryptic-stormshade-to-replace-him/
And - yeah, that could be completely innocent, we'll never know for sure.
Because the community QQ was more than little Cryptic could bear, and the risk outweighed the reward. Don't expect to get the same results from giants like Blizzard, Square Enix, or any other company with a spine.
There's truth in what you say but spine is nothing to do with it. Those companies produce quality products and have a very good reputation, everything I've bought from them or ever seen them produce has that same signiture quality. I know for a fact that SE have been on the verge of bankrupcy but still poured all they had into one last game - that went on to save the company. Moral of the story is this. Produce a good quality product and people will keep buying it. Cryptic needed to sort/finish there original instalment before launching any payable expansions.
And (at least one topic) 103 pages isn't QQ - that's outrage!
But from what I've been reading lately they're pulling their socks up! The community feels a little more stable and they won an award of some kind too, add to that the devs have opened up a bit more and become part of the active community, maybe they can turn it around. I hope they can. What really drove the nail for me was opening a c-store in STO when the game was only in the head-start. To me that's content made ready for launch but they're charging for it when people have just paid for the game. That's the thing that irked me more than anything really, everything else just added to the ill feeling.
It could have been Atari's idea that Cryptic was forced to take the heat for.
This is something I agree with you completely on, Cryptic after all are just the studio, the tallent, Atari are the company behind them. And yes, I will give you that - me bashing Cryptic is a bit out of line when they're being made to do all this. My whole issue has only ever been with the way these things have been done.
In one interview a spokes-person for Atari was quoted as saying something along the lines of...
"We've purchased Cryptic studios, who are able to make MMO engine very cheaply."
That just tells me they're not really in it for the art or creativity we know most games designers get into the industry for...and that makes me cry! Edited, Feb 19th 2010 2:26pm by akelah