I'm pretty sure I know the difference between constructive and nonconstructive criticism. The latter is what I am tired of and there is a lot of it mixed in with the actual discussion of real issues with the game. Check every long thread in this subforum (there's probably at least one or two such posts in this one) and you will see random jerks chime in with statements that have no substance besides "this game sucks". No thought or critical weight behind the statements, just undisguised and often incoherent contempt for the subject. Doesn't that bum anybody else out at all? I mean, if you want your own criticism to be taken seriously, do you really want dudes like that bungling the delivery for you?
Discussing such remarks in an otherwise mature discussion means the terrorists win.
While we can leave the phrasing of "expansion's worth of content aside", I think it's important how they explain it:
LS1, especially the last few entries, is something that they consider as huge. But the community (well, at least a part of it) doesn't really consider it as massive, we consider it as something BETWEEN the massive content. There seems to be a "slight" disconnect between the community and devs when it comes to the question of content and as such, I don't think you can dismiss the "how the content is going to be delivered", What if what (as in the quality and quantity) we're seeing now is what we should expect if expansion-like content will roll out through the LS?
Well it's like I said, LS episodes thus far have been on the relatively smaller side but there's nothing to suggest that they can't or won't be bigger in the future, particularly when it comes to opening up entire provinces and such.
It's entirely possible that at some point in the future we will have access to the crystal desert as part of a LS update that sees the pact heading off Kralkatorrik (as Trahearne alluded to). Perhaps not the entirety of the desert at once, but map by map, episode by episode.
For example let's pretend Kryta is the zone everyone wants to see now.
The LS could unveil all of Queensdale and everything therein in an episode. All the events, all the mobs (which would be new monsters in this scenario), all the collectibles, merchs....everything we have now. It would be huge when compared to something like the slow unveil of Dry Top.
The next episode has us moving into Gendarren Fields and everything it entails.
Then Kessex Hills.
And so on.
Expansions worth of content, delivered via the LS. It's not improbable or impossible.
But yes, it's also possible that new zones could be delivered piecemeal akin to the way they unveiled Dry Top. A piece here, another there. A new full dungeon one week then perhaps a month or two later when we get into the next zone another full dungeon....
A slow unveil of what would cumulatively be an expansion's worth of content.
A bad thing?
Not really in my mind. You play, you have fun and then you leave and wait for the next episode. You're gaining everything and losing nothing with the current LS implementation of new content. I can only really see the argument for not enough content being made if we were paying a subscription but we're not.
I have a strong feeling that new zones will NOT be delivered piece by piece as Dry Top was, however.
Given the size of Tyria and the amount of unexplored areas, it would take FOREVER to open up these individual zones piece by piece rather than zone by zone, the latter obviously being what the playerbase really wants.
It could go either way though, neither route being particularly awful.
Baron von Scrufflebutt, on 26 August 2014 - 04:30 PM, said:
Did other MMOs at least announce their model of content delievery before dropping the expansion?
Can you list anyone here that hates the game? I think the closes that came to "hating" it was the Tranquillity-guy, but I don't think he's posting any more.
They didnt need to announce how it would be delivered. That was never a question.
The only reason we're left pondering the how in THIS case is because GW2 is the only MMO of its kind to have content of this kind. That is to say, Anet can either deliver a full fledged expansion or do it via large episodic LS updates.
I'll take either but I suspect the latter is most likely.
Regardless, the how isnt important. Its the when.
Like I said, if we compare GW2 to whats been done in the past, then an announcement or update of massive proportions is expected sometime in 2015, the third year.
Don't kid yourself, it's pretty cool and actually worth using.
I still have birthday boosters and level 20 scrolls from last year. I wish they had something else as opposed to those but I'm glad it wasn't another mini.
I would prefer something ELSE.
The Bday blaster would be far better if it stacked on top of other food but it doesnt.
So the reality of it is thats its only really used before a world boss where cakes sre just fired whereever. Lol