Is it better for SE to just be silent for three months, and then deliver a great update? Or is it better for SE to continually deliver poor to mediocre excuses for content as they promise to lead up to something great? I suppose time will tell... either way, their much-too-early-release will be haunting the game for a long time. >_<
I think the best way SE could possibly handle this problem is if they communicated more.
Everyone is clammering about the over-haul that is coming. We all want to know what's going to happen. There are some <insert a not-so-nice-name here> people that want the game to be left alone, and are horrified at the idea that the game might actually have set party roles, or that their favorite classes might not be the ridiculous things that they are now. For everyone else, the idea is a bit liberating. The game will have form, and we're looking forward to that. But it's imensly dissapointing that SE can tell us that they are
doing an over-haul, but they won't give us an estimated when
or even what
will be in those changes. I would be much more patient if I knew that the changes were in the near future, and I knew that they would be worth waiting for.
For example: if all they're doing about class uniqueness is adding a ridiculous "license board," (talent trees for you WoW people), then I won't even bother waiting. I could go ahead and uninstall, and move on with my life. But I want the game to work, just like most people around here. It would be nice to know that SE has a plan, and they tell us what the plan is, and tell us to hold tight for a second while they work the bugs out of it. Otherwise, they're just saying, "We know there is a problem. We plan on fixing it sometime down the road. Until then, check out the lack of fluid targeting!"
For the record: I do realize that coding and programming take a long time. I'm not expecting a miraculous, over-night "ta-da!" and the game is fixed. But what I do want, is for when the development team makes a very large decision, such as how to re-do classes... maybe give us some idea of what we need to be waiting for. Every small patch they throw at us is just irritating me, because they haven't addressed the real problems. They just give us minor goodies.
The only thing I think they've learned is that the bells are just stupid, and reusing that content just reminds us of how under-developed the game is.
If anything, a small bit of communication on SE's side goes a long way. If they'd stop trying to be sneaky and word themselves around the questions, then I, (and a lot of other players I know), would probably have more faith in the game.
But seeing as SE is notorious for not telling us anything useful, I don't see it happening. This problem is just impossible to gauge.