I’m writing for you Admins and hopefully this will reach developer team as well (I’m not too optimistic though to be honest about the later)…
In the light of Blizzcon and Blizzard’s Diablo Immortal introduction, I would like to highlight this to Admins and Gearbox team as well.
I’ve spent more than 20 years now as a gamer -as many many gamers out there-, I’m feeling more and more disconnected from the developers and new game releases.
New game that is kind of the same as the earlier game(s).
To make the topic short and not start a big rant: the main problem with almost all game releases:
1.) They give nothing new to the player experience, only looks better and sounds better. Most of the time the “new games” are just a rehash of an earlier one with a handful of extra “features”.
2.) The extra “features” mostly missing features from earlier game(s), or something that the gamer community requested as an important addition to make the game feel more “complete” or fill a big hole/remove a nuisance from the gameplay.
Communication between development and gamers.
And the main issue is somehow that the devs don’t really hear what people want from the game. The main reason why I started this topic because:
-I already have a feeling the disconnect regarding Borderlands 3 is happening right now
Why do I feel that way you ask?
The simplest reason is the way this forum is handled, and ALL of the game forums -other games, other company game forums and support and communication.
What i mean is this:
1.)Borderlands 3 STILL haven’t got a separate area on the forum
2.)There is one mega-thread for Borderlands whislist/suggestions with thousands(?) of replies. I bet my whole year of salary that no one in the right mind will make a proper feedback list from all of the comments and Dev team will never see all of the suggestions and requests people posted there, just bits and pieces, that some (one or two people form forum admins) will feel fit to show them.
3.)When I tried to restart my good old topic from years ago (it was a small suggestion kind of topic) I was blindly connected to the above topic, taking away the chance of having a conversation on a topic (that is partially BL3 whislist related but mostly was a game design related conversation. Again, someone form forum admin had a feeling they know what I want and acted on this gut feel. Another miscommunication, based on some strict forum policy that states that “no skeletal topics can be restarted”. Very silly policy IMHO but I can live with that.
However I already know that BL3 will be a “better looking” game than BL2, with SOME new features. But not a whole new game with a real open world and complex system-upgrade. Sorry to sound negative but based on the experience of the last 10 years, developers always think they know what we want and as you can see, gamers really start to rage on these mistakes.
So my biggest question here: How can we, gamers be sure that BL3 will be the game WHAT WE WANT?
How can we, gamers be sure that after purchasing the game we won’t have to ask support and forum to add xy feature because this is “buggy, missing the point, etc.” and we are back on the same old topic over and over again?
BL3 will be the 4th game in Borderlands franchise, one of the dearest to my heart as I’m sure many of BL players (hardcore or not) feel the same. I personally don’t want to see a half broken, feature-less but better looking BL2 or BL:TPS addition just for the sake of Gearbox getting some money in the bank.
And yes I already hear the official answer! To us, at Gearbox the number one goal is to make a new Borderlands game that is true to the original games and we listen to gamers and you can be sure that we hear all of your requests…
I hope that Gearbox, unlike Blizzard really really does that.
So my constructive suggestion on a VERY primitive project management steps that I can think of right now, so it won’t take up pages and pages, boring to death everyone :D):
-Start to make a BL3 area for discussions.
-Create an excel sheet with the feature requests, separating the areas of interest (graph, engine, gameplay, characters, etc.)
-During the game development project you can slowly build ALL of these requests into the game
I’m curious what others feel as a gamer regarding new games, Gearbox, Gearbox games and communication, how can we, gamers make this better?