Recently MMORPG.com did an interview with Bioware Producer Ben Irving about the Fifth Anniversary of Star Wars The Old Republic, how the Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion was received and future group content.
There is one part of the interview that stood out to me. In it, Ben Irving is responding to Michael Bitton’s question about what type of group content we can expect. Note I’ve highlighted part of the quote for emphasis.
We’ve talked pretty openly on streams, that by the end of January, we want to do a stream and say, “Hey guys. This is kind of what we’re thinking for February and March.” And give more information on what that group content is. But I think it could be some part of any of those things you mentioned. I think we just gotta really understand what people are doing. Sometimes there’s difference between what people say they want and what they actually do in game and I think that’s the tricky part for us. We’re listening to our players giving us feedback, but also correlating it to the data of what people are actually doing in the game, to make sure we’re building the right type of things.
I found what Ben Irving said here to be quite perplexing and concerning. Isn’t it logical to conclude that reason people aren’t doing Operations that much is because they’ve done them all and do not want to do them all over again simply because of level cap increase?
That is the whole point of what the community wants. We want NEW Operations because WE ARE SICK of grinding the existing ones we have. So, we don’t run them as often. Many hard-core and veteran players have quit SWTOR because there is no new content. Those who remain (such as myself) enjoy other content the game has to offer (or have other reasons for staying) as well as Operations but don’t want to do them all the time because again, they have already done them. So, of course, the metrics are likely going to contradict what the player base is asking for.
Are they taking into consideration in their ‘metric crunching’ the players that have already left the game? Do the Devs understand that we cry and beg for new Operations because we are so sick of grinding old content? Do they understand how Guild communities work, that they thrive on the regular injection of new ‘larger’ group content? Do they know the reason many players are mad about the lack of Operations is because their guildmates and friends have left the game over it? We want our guildmates and friends to come back. For the game to be how it used to be. To have that sense of community again.
If the SWTOR Devs want to appease current players and bring back old players they NEED to create NEW Operations. You know, the content that brings Guilds and communities together. Do their ‘metrics’ show this? Probably not. If they’re relying on metrics too heavily, then we’re screwed.
What did you think of the interview? Do you think we’ll get new Operations in 2017?