Regarding today's updates, I think its fantastic that SE is updating the game. However, I don't think they really did very much.
The market ward is still the same except for the fact that there is benefit to listing certain items in certain areas. This, however, creates problems because people don't sell one kind of item. For this, SE allowed more than 1 retainer per player so that they may place retainers in specific areas. The issue created is that now you must use the clunky UI further by sorting more items on more retainers and putting them in specific places. Everyone complains about no AH and this is why; If they would add an AH, or just a basic search function all of this fumbling through inventory lists and delays through the UI of adding items to retainers then putting them in specific places could be avoided. The biggest issue with this game isn't the market wards its the UI and NO SEARCH FUNCTION for market wards. ***** less taxes, ***** specific areas for specific items. Just make a search function for the love of god.
I mean, ***** it. You don't want an AH? Fine, don't have an AH. Leave the market wards and add a search. Its so god **** convenient and I don't know why you wouldn't just simplify it for everyone. Its obvious people ARE NOT enjoying the market wards. I just don't feel that this update was a big deal or that is served much purpose.
The extended free-period, though, is a great idea. I have already canceled but continue to watch the game for updates that may make me re-subscribe. The extended free-trail is something SE would have to do to allow me to see the changes and that they are worthwhile to come back for and it is great they are doing that. Unfortunately, this doesn't do it for me. I couldn't care less about the market wards, I never used them when I played.
For me, its the UI and levequests. The UI is terrible, I won't get into it because its all been said before. But, this game just gets to a point where there is nothing to do except grind gathering or grind mobs. SE needs to work on these two major issues before me and I'm sure a lot of other people will come back.
In conclusion, this patch is a step in the right direction but its not enough. IMO, this patch is barely anything. Its a minor update to the market wards that a lot of people are not enjoying and I don't think that opinion will change much. They've been saying there will be "big changes" coming to address "major issues concerning game-play" and I don't think this really solves something like that. I still don't think they are doing enough, sorry.
Like I said, for me the UI needs fixed. The levequests need shorter time or more of them added to be done within the time-period or more content entirely for people to see and explore.
Anyways, please discuss your opinions.