Darkfall Unholy Wars comes out day after tomorrow. At least… we think it comes out tomorrow? No one has heard a word from Aventurine. Why is there such a communication blackout?
The forums are in complete disarray as people have already begun rocking back and forth with, shaking violently with anticipation — or one too many Red Bulls. As I write this there are four posts on the front page questioning whether or not the game will launch on 12/12/12, a few taking bets for a new release date.
The big problems I foresee are account management issues. Forget the communication about what day and time; We don’t even have details on how or when we’ll be able to actually buy the game. At this rate, if the game does launch in just over 24 hours will everyone be slamming the site at once? Does anyone else remember the four day process of trying to actually buy the original Darkfall? I think they sold a few copies an hour at most before the site imploded.
It doesn’t take much at all for one person from Aventurine to log in to their forum and make a simple post about the game coming out or not. I can do that in 30 seconds for free (hit me up Aventurine!). That’s why I believe they themselves have no idea what the next 24 hours holds. Chances are the third party people that handle their billing are either unresponsive, or there’s a last minute hiccup that will probably delay the game another two weeks.
Regardless, these are things you communicate to an eager following of players who are literally begging to throw money at you (see forums). I believe any communication at all, good news or bad, is better than none.
Darkfall fans are an odd bunch. I guess I count myself among them right now, as I am eager for any sandbox experience like the one I hope Drakfall will become. We get ignored, the game gets delayed, there were tons of things wrong with the original game, yet we’re banging on the gate to be let in with our money in hand. That’s all the proof you need to know there’s a market for a game like Darkfall.
Once we learn whether or not the game will even come out, I’ll make another post detailing my plans for tackling launch. There should be a fair amount of extended coverage over the first few days of launch as well.