I have to say this: IMC lost a lot of trust and respect from me.
Yes, i agree that it is good to listen to the community, but you also need to consider that the people whining and complaining may be the loudest, but they are usually not the majority.
IMC announced a plan and a release date. If there is one thing a company should do is stick to their announcements. If you are unsure, ask the community in advance. That’s totally viable. But NEVER make promises that you won’t keep.
Many people planned around the 22th release and they were right to do so. Many of you might be too young to understand but if you work 40-50h a week in a leadership position and also have family and kids you need to take a few days of to enjoy a game properly. It has nothing todo with having no live and such, quite the contrary. You have so many responsibilities beside the job that even if you take a few days of you are still only left with 5-6h gaming per day at MAX. And usually even being able to take a few days of needs preparation and overtime at work, just so you can leave for a few days without leaving a mess behind. Trust me, the ones that don’t understand now will in 10-20 years when they are older.
On top IMC even promised no changes in release date no matter the poll results. A promise they could not keep.
The next problem is the steam release itself. It currently is a mess. In just one day the reviews have gone down from 95% by 10% to 85% and still declining. around 90% of the negative reviews evolve around one thing: the game being available on the store with DLC (founder packs) but no server showing up. Yes, people could read the store text, but lets be honest: nearly no one does. That’s just how these digital stores work. The situation would have been a little better if the game launched on the 22nd but still not much. But imo all this back and forth put IMC in a though spot and all the preparation they have done had to be scrapped. Resulting in that mess we currently have.
Finally i would like to address the false impression IMC got from the community which frankly acted like little kids that someone stole their favourite toy from.
In the vote the majority of people voted for plan 2 because of the simple reason it had the best bang for the buck. In a vote before that, 40% expressed being ok with the 3 months staggered plan. And also on steam the 50$ option charted at top 3 sales for 1 day with the other two options nowhere to be seen on the store charts (and charts only take copies sold into account, not revenue generated), so the 50$ weren’t such a big issue for many after all.
Also Take into consideration that people usually tend to complain a lot but nearly never express their happiness on a forum, which means the majority of people voting have been the ones unhappy, while most of the people who where happy with the old plan never complained and got active on the forum. All these facts bring me too the conclusion that the old plan never was a problem for the majority.
I think IMC has a lot to learn about the western players. Koreans are very polite and calm(i lived and worked in Korea for several months). A shitstorm like we have seen in the past days is something you would never so on a korean forum. And i puts me in great shame to see how childish and immature many of you acted.
So for them coming from a very different culture it was hard to grasp what was really going on. For them it was red alert while what we have seen is just western gamers being the unpolite and “i am entitled to this and that” crowd they sadly tend to be.
So i hope IMC won’t let them self be pushed around by the trolls and haters anymore in the future otherwise i see no bright future for the game.