Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WTF Pirate101!

     This is an excerpt from the recent "Producer's Letter" about Pirate101. The beginning was very standard, on stuff we already knew, but this small paragraph should actually have the community in an uproar.

"Lastly, we know many of you have been waiting a long time to hear about when we might continue the storyline. Unfortunately, I can only tell you that we are still exploring the possibilities. The Pirate story is a big one, and telling that story is a task we don’t take lightly. We are working hard to determine the best way to advance the story, increase the level cap, and allow you to forge ahead with your epic voyage, but I just cannot make any definite promises about how or when."
     So let's put this in layman's terms. What does this quote mean? It means all this hype and frustration for Book 15 has been for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Now, the community shouldn't be mad at Pirate for being late with an update (and extremely late at that) but should outright backlash against the game now. It is one thing to at least promise an update, what this producer's letter states is that they have "no idea what they are doing" and "didn't even start the bloody update! It means in the two years they've had to develop the update, they instead completed 0 progress and just screwed around with updates for lower players or dungeons. At the very least, Wizard101 has promised worlds and (from leaks) we've seen has progress completed for Polaris. And even though we haven't had a "real" world since Khrysalis, Darkmoor was actually new and was someone refreshing.

     Honestly, as a fan of Pirate101 from the beginning (alpha) and enjoyed it far more than Wizard101, this is a huge slap in the face. No...it's a stab wound to both my eyes and dumped 2 pounds of salt onto the cuts. This is actually ridiculous. In no way shape or form, should they have NOTHING to show for. Plus not to mention, they decided to share the update from the words of a Wizard101 employee since Frog Father, Ratbeard or Blind Mew, couldn't give the message themselves. If Pirate101 thinks they can continue, they are in a fairytale land. This actually might be KI's first big crippling mistake and it will probably cost them Pirate101's future, and possibly the future of their other 5 goddamn other projects. I state this often, but the community needs to actually do something. Ranked PvP (a thing few people really wanted) or Ship PvP (even less so) isn't going to keep people paying.

     The worst part of this, is the fact, ALL of the worlds Pirate101 wishes to add, HAVE assets made. We HAVE Krokotoipa stuff, we HAVE Darkmoor stuff, we HAVE Grizzleheim stuff, and apparently, we HAVE Polaris stuff. They have 0 excuse. It shouldn't be hard to write a story for a game meant for children. And is that what they are arguing? Why and HOW the hell did they even design the story without ANY idea of how to finish it. It's not like George RR Martin just said "Well, let's write 5 books" and have NO IDEA how to finish the series. He might release books years apart, but they make sense and he has a plan. This is actually incredibly unprofessional of KI and honestly, stupid. What they said is, "don't waste your money on the yearly subscription anymore, cause we don't even know how to run this game.

     I've been Nicholas LionRider, good luck to my fellow pirates, you're gonna need it.

2 comments:

  1. It has been awhile. Earlier today I made a comment that people need to stop complaining, which everyday complaining doesn't make time go by faster. I still support the game But I do agree that has been forever since they released something. I read somewhere on the P101 website that they don't expect information about Book 15 to take too long, but it has been awhile. Though I don't agree with everyone about complaining, I'm glad they told us, but at the same time hope they release it soon. I reallly do hope they began working on Book 15 because it has been awhile, and know a lot of people are mad. I don't blame anyone for being upset, and don't think you are (since you're trying to get your point across that it has been awhile and telling us they "when or how they might" release Book 15 isn't right). If they don't release anything else within a year and want everyone to buy a membership, there really isn't no reason for higher level players. There might be for lower levels until they hit cap like many have. Great post!

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  2. I think what this means is that the Pirate101 crew (which is actually separate from the Wizard101 crew) is dealing with internal issues, whether that be financial difficulties, lack of creative resources in the staff, or whatever. They don't want to tell us about it, so the most they can say is they have no idea where they're going. While hugely frustrating, I at least appreciate that they've quit remaining silent and getting our hopes up, which is kind of what I feel was happening for the past two years.

    Also, believe it or not, I prefer this long drought to the gross consumerism and grind-fest that Wizard101 has become. Not trying to be the "glass half-full" person (because like you I also feel deeply insulted by the progress of this game), but that's just how I see it.

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