Thursday, September 19, 2013

Operative Questions Postponed

Source: Swtor.com

Yesterday, Eric Musco held the title of bearer of bad news. The remaining Class Questionnaires have been put on hold until AFTER patch 2.5! Fortunately, the reasons behind this are, in theory, justified. He gave two particular reasons for the pushback on the dates. One of the reasons is complete nonsense, and the other reason, is pretty damn good. So, I guess they balance out! I have posted the Yellow Post here for your convenience. But, you'd like to see the original post and community response, click here to check it out. If not, read on for the yellow post and a quick overview of it.


Hey everyone,

As many of you are no doubt aware, we implemented the Class Representatives system a few weeks ago. The goal if this system was simple: introduce a dialog around each class based on what the community feels their top 3 issues are at the time.

So far the reps have been doing a great job and you all have been providing invaluable feedback to the team. However, today I come with some good and bad news. First, the bad!

Once we have returned the Shadow and Mercenary top 3 which were submitted last week, we will be putting it on hold. I know the first question that comes to mind is, why? This is pretty simple actually. All 8 set of class mirrors have submitted a top 3 to us once after this most recent round.

With that being said, we have not yet made any actual class changes since the initiative began (barring the BH/Trooper changes). Because of this, the second set of top 3 will not really be as impactful since it will likely be a revisit of the same 3 issues that were presented before. Because of that, I am going to put the Class Reps on hold until we start making some class changes again.

This leads us to the good news, right? I know the next question you will ask, based on what I just typed is "when are we getting class changes then?" I have that answer too! You will begin to see class changes in Game Update 2.5. After 2.5 hits, we will reintroduce the Class Reps and allow those reps to once again begin a dialog with the developers on what issues still remain with their classes.

I will also rework the schedule to insure that only classes who received changes at that point are in the front of the schedule. I want to be clear that it is possible that not all classes will see changes in 2.5, but there are definitely some class changes coming. I also want to set the expectation that you shouldn't expect crazy big changes like you saw with 2.0. but it will be a new set of changes. Also, if you don't receive changes in 2.5 don't fret as we will be continually touching class balance.

Last but not least, one thing I want to do is to make sure that you are all informed on both the decisions we are making and why we are making them. To that end, as we get closer to the launch of 2.5 we will be publishing some class change blogs similar to what we did around 2.0. This way you can all be as informed as possible! We will definitely make an effort to stay active in the class forums and keep you all apprised of any updates, as well as making sure we are continuing to pass feedback on the dev team.

I think that about wraps it up. If you have any questions I will stick around in the thread to try to answer them. Hopefully all of my ramblings make sense.

-eric

The Good: "You will begin to see class changes in Game Update 2.5"

Ok, great. Changes are coming! Too bad there is no date for 2.5 yet.

The Bad: "the second set of top 3 will not really be as impactful since it will likely be a revisit of the same 3 issues that were presented before. Because of that, I am going to put the Class Reps on hold until we start making some class changes again."

This is just plain nonsense. I'm pretty positive we can come up with questions that wont revisit mirror class issues. In fact, we are WORKING on questions just so they WON'T reflect the questions of our mirror class!

The Ugly: "I want to be clear that it is possible that not all classes will see changes in 2.5."

Well, this just might toss the Good out the window. They DID mention before that BIG changes will be held off for expansions instead of patches. So, who knows what will happen come 2.5. I guess one can only hope for the best.