(I am now saving my entries in word and taking screen shots once posted as for some reason my posts keep disappearing from the forums. If I have broken any rules then please inform me; as far as I can see I am just telling the truth as I see it).
In 30+ years of gaming and to then focus on free to play games that I have enjoyed, I have never been so disappointed or had a bigger feeling that a game is destined to fail as with this one. Which is a shame as Tier I and II, really gave me hope!
However, instead of offering me a feeling of progress, they hit me with the grind wall. Don’t get me wrong, a company needs to make money, but if you want people to invest then offer good value for Elite status, a fair price for mods, Hero ships that once I had bought could be modified to my game play and more ways of making the ships and captain personal, instead they went for the 100% money grab.
Make me want to invest early on in order to hook and keep me. So many people warned Dreadnought before the Steam release and tried to tell them how important it was to generate AND keep the new players. Re-roll out things already produced at a cheap price, the work has already been done. Let people modify their Captains at a reasonable price – make the Captain and your fleet you and your fleet. Instead the Steam launched failed in its goal and it is more likely the better queue for Legendary games was down to old players hoping to come back to a better situation than when they left.
So we have a failed Steam launch; we all know the better Legendary queues are because of returning players (as there is no way new players are at Tier V yet); they have moved the Tier difference from Tier III and IV to IV and V – rather than fix the problem; people have been laid off and with every new patch comes new bugs!
We have the EXACT same situation that has been present over the lifetime of this game, poor progression, poor value and a poor experience that will not keep players. And here we have the saddest situation of all, can Dreadnought afford to change? I believe they are now dependant on the old guard who have played this game for so long. They have to allow them to enjoy their games because if they can’t keep the new players they only have the old players. So how can they offer better value, better progression and more personalisation to new players without letting the old players know just how poor a deal they have had in the past?
That is why, although I wish it wasn’t the case, I believe the game is destined to fail. I haven’t played it in a while; last time I logged on half the windows (Market) weren’t loading and I just thought ‘meh! I’m off to play something else’.