Friday, 23 April 2010

TURBINE PRIORITIES

On 16 April, players on Codemasters forum were asked to respond to the the following in the Talk to the Community Team thread: "You are given the opportunity to move two items to the top of our priority list. Choose two of the following items and assign them either first priority or secondary priority: Radiance, Legendary items, Housing, Kinships, PvMP, General itemization (loot, rewards), New Skirmishes, New Raids, Revamping old Raids/instances, Trait/deed revamp".

By the morning of the 23rd, 139 players had responded with the following choices:

• 89:  PvMP
• 52:  Legendary Items
• 22:  New raids and skirmishes
• 20:  Radiance
• 19: Trait/Deed revamp
• 16:  General itemisation
• 14:  Revamping old raids/instances
• 10:  Housing
•  9:   Kinships

That's a huge majority (of those responding, obviously) in favour of improved PvMP; many of those selecting PvMP didn't even bother to make a second choice. Next came Legendary Items, with dozens of different suggestions; the gist of these was "either improve the system or scrap it!". I was mildly astonished to see new raids come in a relatively lowly third with just 22 votes, but if you add the 14 votes for revamping old raids, it becomes clear that many players are unsatisfied with the level and quality of raids currently available. Those picking radiance as an item to be fixed were brief and almost unanimous: "scrap it".

Will this affect Turbine's plans in any way? I'm inclined to think that it will, given how bluntly the question was put: not "what would you like to see done", but the much more direct "move two items to the top of our priority list". It would be foolish of Turbine to be so upfront about soliciting input, only to ignore it.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

While the results are interesting, if I was Turbine I would give them some weight but not much as 139 players is a very small part of the game's population and not really statistically significant. I'm a bit surprised they only got 139 replies though. My choices were Legendary items, New raids and skirmishes and Housing.

Kairos said...

"...if I was Turbine I would give them some weight but not much as 139 players is a very small part of the game's population".

True. On the other hand, the equivalent thread on Turbine's own forums has already racked up the astonishing figure of 982 responses and is still going strong...

arryn said...

"...the astonishing figure of 982 responses and is still going strong..."

Ah, didn't realise this was only the Codemaster's responses. ~1000 responses would be much more significant. Thanks (great blog btw)

P.S. the anonymous above is me :-)

chadmango said...

The top four issues here don't surprise me at all. Although I am a little dissapointed Kinships weren't a higher priority as I think the kin functionality and structuring could do with a make over