I know how absurd that sounds, and there was a time not long ago I would have been among the first to dismiss it. This morning in fact. But things that have happened and been said as of this newest patch have made me not so sure anymore. In fact I now fear that Arena Net has “gone bullfrog.” Here is what I mean; there is an old saying based on an experiment someone once conducted. It goes as follows.
If you toss a bullfrog into a pot of boiling water it will recognize the danger and jump out. But if you toss a bullfrog into a pot of cool water and slowly bring it to a boil it will just sit there….and sit there….and sit there….until it dies from the heat.
This is my fear for Arena Net. We’ve all heard of those interviews wherein this or that developer states that they are comfortable with the game as it is and the drop off in the player base is expected and within acceptable levels. But really I’m not sure of that. Now I know the obvious response to that is the old arguments about how Arena Net knows more than we do, and has all these statistics and metrics and such. A nice ideal to be sure, but I’ve seen far too many issues from the trivial to the significant be completely ignored for far too long not to be worried. I myself have an account issue with outstanding support ticket since November. And that isn’t factoring in the many known and often complained about in-game issues.
But that isn’t the worst part. Based on statements made by developers and community managers have led many on the official forums to believe something….well, frightening. Arena Net is so complacent that they are actually planning to allow the game to stagnate in its current form with no planned updates of any kind until sometime in July. At the earliest. Can the game really survive that? Should it? Should a game all but abandoned by its developers really drag out for so long? I mean it isn’t like we have an abundance of content to tide us over; the game was old and stale before Arena Net started giving us all those temporary Living World updates. Can WvW season two and Fractals alone really keep the community happy for that long? What about PvE players? What about those who just don’t enjoy Fractals? Screw us, right?
But now I find myself thinking something I never would have thought I’d be thinking this time last year or the year before. I want Guild Wars 2 to fail. I want it to die before July. I want the servers to shrink and fade as the vast majority of the community abandons the game. Not because I don’t like it, not out of spite, and not because I want to see it die. Just the opposite really; I want Arena Net to fight for it. I want them struggle and work and earn every player they have, and earn back every players they’ve lost. I don’t want Arena Net to sit by complacently allowing the game to die; I want them to take action. I know my opinion doesn’t count for much on these forums or in this life, but I don’t care. At this point I think it’s time to boil the bullfrog.