Ok, this is not a bash the game thread. In fact, I kinda like the game. Even in it's current state. Maybe someone out there versed in game code could explain to me how something can be 1/2 way done after such a long period of time between it's conception and execution.
There are no quests in the game.
The entire landscape is copy-pasted in some way.
There is no end game.
The armory system, while a cool concept, is horrible at the moment.
Combat is sluggish, sometimes requiring a 1-2 second delay before an instant cast is performed.
There are what? 5 zones + being on a boat?
Ok enough of what it's lacking, that's not really the point. What I don't understand is how other companies can create a complete game in 2 or 3 years that's really awesome, and SE couldn't even finish one in 6 years of development. Some might say Blizzard is one of those companies that can develop a complete multiplayer game in 2 or 3 years. Some have taken them much longer, but at least when they were released they were complete.
Again, please don't take this negatively. I'm just having a tough time understanding how a corporation with 8+ years of MMO experience took this long to make something so unfinished. They didn't even have to worry about anything above the trees or below the water! You can't fly or swim so really, it's just a flat painted surface. . I just don't get it.