It’s difficult to take seriously the reasoning behind the decision when the product was a few % complete, presented not only as a work in progress, but as a hint of things to come for WIS.
Put on hold while CCP tried to focus on the “core” things that needed attention for some time. That having been done, the WIS project was never touched any further, i.e. adding a new room we could leave the CQ and enter.
So, with no word on anything new to do in CQ, you take metrics of limited use - mainly by the RP crowd, and say "hey, no one really is using it, so let’s remove it!"
Some of us veteran players have been waiting for the promised WIS and again, it is scrapped. You had Dust 514 and could have made the 2 items work together to form the experience - it’s been done in the past with lesser technology, and gotten the revenue of selling the Avatar expansion as a separate product that worked with EvEOnline to form the new whole. You can review the “interlink” system of “Rules of Engagement” (ROF) and “Breach”, two separate games - one space combat sim, the other boarding action sim. When breaching an enemy ship ROE loaded the Breach and upon leaving the ship, returned to ROE. EvEOnline could have done the same and loaded the Dust514 engine to do WIS and even planet fall… The entire EvEOnine universe could have been realized, most of the work already done. You could have had the Dust514 moved or added to PC, vs just console and made a go of that, again, a promise made and broken…Dust514 should have come out on PC.
True the avatars in CQ are a bit stiff, but other that ensuring the code works with any new releases, no new work to the core other than assets was being worked on; as one of those RPers that use CQ can attest to it.
CCP keeps changing focus between two main aspects and flirts with all else. PvP and new user experience.
I can see that new subscription is an important goal, more money is more money, but so is retention, and the Microsoft model of business is, where current customers are not supported for the new sale, is not one that keeps existing users happy. You have other users than just PvP and Alpha users.
As a RP Industrialist, the mining ledger is nice, but the changes to PI, where Customs can be taken over to feed some other bigger player corp or alliance, made that less fun for the littler guy. (And saying “Oh, well, join the bigger guys!” Is not a good answer to this issue.)
PvP has been given the lion’s share of CCP’s love, and I can accept that kiss-kiss, bang-bang, is the way of EvE. But, given it’s size, and CCP’s revenue stream, some love could shared for other areas of the EvEOnline experience to expand the immersion.
EvE has a rich meta game, that would benefit from WIS or something of its like.
Various games of this core type (not necessarily space) allow for the modification of items with upgrade sockets, similar to the ships, but what about adding that to drones and various weapons. This could be Tech III drones, weapons, and ship components that are upgradable, and the upgrades could be made by Industrials and or teams, and upgraded and sold on the market.
EvE is not cheap, when there are plenty of free alternatives, and even paid ones that one could play, but the promise of EvE is great! It has grown and matured beyond what it started as. And while it’s well fit, CCP cannot rest on this glitz and polish, yet continue to break promises of the caliber that has been done, and expect little to no loss. Maybe that’s the root of the problem…those that expect loss, feel that it’s within acceptable margins and cast us aside with no more thought than a griefer - podding someone in Empire-Space just for the lolz… .
Just my gripe over the loss of something I waited on patiently for a long time in EvE, only to be let down again…first you take my drone bay, then this… .
I’ve posted several ideas to replace\augment it with and or even use as new things to do in EvE, so it is more constructive than just a gripe.
While we don’t claim to be the “One”, as a Developer, saying it is too hard to do in this time span, or any BS excuse of its like, is wasted on us - save it for someone who’s not an old Idama.
Idam Aku of House Soma
End of Line.