The first and most prominent reason I stopped playing: The Vault Bug — The Vault Bug started somewhere in July-ish if I’m not mistaken, and this entailed various/random items disappearing from one’s vault at seemingly random conditions with little to no reproduction steps. This has been patched more than 4 times, and as far as I, as well as friends know, is still not completely fixed.
This in addition to the Seasonal Vault bug having the possibility to override/replace your non-seasonal vault both have been absolutely major incentives not to play. I understand these instances are rare, but they are equally as detrimental and difficult to get resolved — as to get various items restored in smaller numbers (as a result of the vault bug, not sure about Seasonal Replacement), rumor has it you need some type of video evidence, and the expectation to be recording at all times is an unwelcome sentiment. Some may be fine with this, but I think it’s far too much inconvenience when I can play other games that require no effort than simply enjoying the experience.
Thirdly, the toxicity of individuals in the game is a bitter turn-off. I’ve been in the old MW2 chat rooms before and experienced the absolute worst of the worst gaming trash talk, racism, homophobia, antisemitism, you name it. Realm’s toxicity, while it does unfortunately include almost all of that, it’s to be expected from an online game with as few chat filters as days without events going on. The type of toxicity that turns me off from the game is the elitism, undeserved ego, and strict discord-fueled meta of the game. The entire community of SBC is probably the epitome of this in my eyes, those discords such as null, Woland, Endgame, and whatever other antithesis to SBC exists, are not far behind. The witch-hunting especially is a huge, HUGE turn off, and it happens on both sides (SBC vs Endgame) respectively. The amount of times I’ve been dm-ed to provide dirt and evidence on people is absolutely unreal; the lengths people to go to get others banned is ludicrous. Should hackers, exploiters, racists, etc etc be banned (with due warning and proportional response to the offense)? Yes of course, I don’t think anyone’s going to hard deny that. However it’s draining and annoying as fuck watch the back and forth between the SBC and Endgame elitists trying to get each other banned, and sometimes even doxxed IRL. I’m not at any risk of being targeted by either party, nor would I care if I was, even so that’s how little I want to be involved in the drama, so much so I don’t even want to know it exists.
Fourth and finally, the game lacks direction. The game desperately needs a fundamental gameplay loop-rework, starting with the realm rework, and correspondingly a stat rework. In no good RPG game can you enter final boss level content, survive, AND be rewarded for doing nothing but avoiding the fight, you can argue this is a skill diff, but that isn’t the point of an RPG, you’re supposed to get stronger as you go along and level up, not go from 0 to MAX in about 30 minutes. This is where a proper stat rework has the potential to rectify this issue. When’s the last time you saw someone doing Lost Halls in a PPE video when it wasn’t during an event? (Do people even make PPE videos anymore?)
Also, on the topic of events: They happen so frequently now that they’re not special; someone I know said questioned why the events need to happen, and the rhetorical question was that: is the current game’s content not able to stand up by itself? (Implying the need for an event for anyone (majority) to be incentivized to do the dungeon/thing there’s an event for).
I just learned of the O3 event going on, and my first thought was “Oh, I’ll catch the next one”. This should not be my reaction to free access and increased loot to the (second) most rewarding and difficult content in the game.
I know Deca’s trying, but my god I swear more effort is put in to the ST sets than actually good game development.
I love this game, and want to see it succeed, but it is a long ways away from being in a state where it’s longevity lasts for more than a good event. Ideally, as mentioned above, the content should be enjoyable and worth-while WITHOUT an event running.
(Most of these are my thoughts and as such are subjective and constitute as opinions; however, there is information here that may be incorrect due to a lack of affirmative knowledge, and if you do find I am incorrect in some of these ideas proposed as facts, please correct me).
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