Again, they haven't actually done anything yet. This is just talking about what they plan to do. They may still not follow through on all of the points, it may still take a significant amount of time for this these fixes to all roll out, it may come out by release date. It still remains to be seen. I hope they fix these issues ASAP. Will be anxious to see what happens. It's a bold list of promises and I hope they follow through.
And I still do say "why didn't they implement this in OB" because, yes, it's a short testing phase, but it's the first chance the public at large got to get their hands on the game, and it was rife with problems. So what if it's only a 3 week phase? The client from Open Beta is what will be tweaked into the release client anyway. Why NOT add the fixes as soon as possible? If they had delivered some of what they're promising for the release clients 3 weeks earlier, the Open Beta would have been a massive hit and preorder rates would be drastically higher. Fixing the UI up and enabling the hardware mouse would be the difference between "well this game is kinda frustrating to play right now but they're on the right track and hopefully they'll fix it soon" and "I can't f*cking wait for the 22nd!" for a lot of people, and that's where the sales would be doing much better.
just in general. you realize their pre-order has already done insanely well? here in japan CE is already SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE. i was lucky to find a copy. SE is also selling very very well.
also, you have to realize that they are testing things on their own end. they "listened" to the feedback and tested it. A lot of the stuff they seem to be adding on release will be a HUGE thing. the Open Beta was NOT a free trial. it was ONLY a stress test for the SERVERS. To see if all **** would break loose. so when people say "its just beta" what it really means is "they are not going to be working on general game mechanics but mostly server issues" game mechanics they will test on their end and probably hold for release so we have something to "look forward too"
also. with all the recent server issues (lag etc.) you probably have to realize they had their hands full. I think anyone in network administration would tell you things are as easy as it looks from your point of view. In their mind, they already sold the game, and its true. They probably know the pre-order estimate, and went from there. It IS a business.
I understand the aggravation, the retainer system not having a search ****** me off too..however i made a lot of money selling shards only, i got some fun armor pieces, even with the broken system. I might of gotten a better deal if i had a search, but i didnt wanna blow my time so i just grabbed what i could first. Just wanted to try it on anyways. And it IS true it might be a MONTH or 2 before we see the FULL extent of all these updates, not because some sort of conspiracy, but due to testing, implementing and not wanting to ***** something up.
That being said, I am psyched to see this game grow now because if they DO pull through (which, i kinda think they will out of my own optimism). This game is going to be a lot of fun.
also...many people might buy the game now just due to the "hope" factor...meaning they are trying to trick people into coming. If they gave us all they promised and it was not enough, they would just lose. So by promising stuff we have not seen yet, people will believe and buy it (like me haha). Maybe they WILL crap on our heads...lets just hope not because I am paying for this game. And all that matters is my own happiness ;P