How do I reply to the original thread asking for feedback? I tried it out today to give Photon UI a fair shot and had to turn it off to restore functional gameplay. Upon turning it off I was prompted to give feedback but I can’t reply to the thread it linked.
This new UI is useless. Sorry for being candid but sometimes major issues like this need a blunt response.
It’s all dead space, big, bulky, clunkly, slow to load, not responsive, hard to read, more clicks to navigate around, slower to get things done, simply can’t do some things anymore… just generally it totally ruins the way I play the game.
Sure, some things might look good here and there and the new player might never notice. But when you consider veterans or the players who really push the limits (I don’t want to say pro player but them included).
e.g. If I’m dodecaboxing and you make one click turn into 2-3 clicks. then I’m down a click for each client to toggle them, plus the extra clicks. e.g. click, tab client. turns into click, tab client, click, tab client, click.
Take fleeting up as an example. I used to be able to right click > form fleet with setup. Now I need to form a fleet, find the dropdown menu, restore a setup, select the setup.
Take trading ships to toons (also thanks for no shared inventory management between toons or ACL based, another great feature that’s lacking). So I open up 12 trades and use the small space between each window to drop the item… not possible in Photon UI because all that space is just wasted dead padding. I need to do trades one by one by one by one by one by one by one by one by one by one by one by one (count 12 “by ones”)
Then lets take a super simple thing like swapping between the fleet window and the broadcast window… It used to be one click on a tab but now its multiple clicks on a dropdown that takes more space than the old tab did. How do I rapidly swap my fleet composition, change anchors, and maintain broadcasting window at the same time? used to be 2 clicks, now it’s like 6 clicks and heaps of fumbling to find things.
Maybe you need somebody who actually plays with this and uses all the features to give feedback instead of going with some new flashy design that you think looks good but actually makes the gameplay miserable. Oh, and it doesn’t even look that good… It looks like the original boxy UI that was replaced a decade ago but slower and worse.