You can find and read the entirety of the letter on the Herald. I’ll assume you’ve read it and just jump right in to what I have to say.
“The Winds of Change are upon us, but the ship and crew remain the same.” – Jeff Hickman
Uhh, no. Why even say that? I don’t get it.
Overall, it’s very much the standard producer’s letter. Jeff Hickman tells the players what we want to hear but also throws in some educational tidbits on how they’ll change city sieges (for better or worse remains unseen) and how RvR in general will improve even if it means removing fortresses. AoE is more than out of control in WAR and I fear that a few changes won’t be enough. The situation is out of control for all AoE classes and it has really trivialized almost every combat mechanic in the game. Crowd control itself is not really an issue in WAR, but how it operates within the limits of “annoying” and “functional” is nothing short of borked. The immunity timers being consolidated will help.
I participated in giving feedback during Mythic’s reaching out initiative and I focused mostly on the realm war being flawed. I really do feel that the entire way in which zones flip and push the war in one direction is too arcade, shallow, and detached from the soul of RvR. Fortresses are absolutely part of this terrible system and only serve as the biggest and most obvious example of ‘why’. Get rid of them and the system will improve. Take it further though and look at why the fortresses should be removed, other than performance issues. We’re pushing zones in one direction trying to “flip them” to earn invisible points to “dominate” a zone all in order to push open the gates of a city. That sounds really cool and it sold well on paper pre-launch but there is a reason why WAR’s retention rate is low in T4. Fix all the little issues that make people bitch and moan on the forums first. Fix CC, AoE, etc., then turn a serious eye to the bigger picture.
Optimism is great, but I want to see results. You say “We’re still working out the specifics…” but it’s those specifics we want. Bring results, Jeff, and you’ll get the community’s attention. We really do want to share in your optimism and see what you see.
P.S. What is this in-game celebration buff (pictured right) all about? Hopefully it’s not what I think.