I feel like venting a little. (Consider yourself warned.)
I love Star Wars; it’s one of my favourite universes. To me it’s similar to the Neverending story, given how many creative minds helped shape it – just in space! With lots of amazing alien species and stuff! It’s hardly surprising that I’m so in love with it – which is why SWTOR is so near and dear to my heart, too.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so emotionally invested in my characters before, even though I don’t actively engage in RP anymore. The wonderful stories that make up the core of this game suck you in and never really let you go again. Where else can you relieve stress by watching your deeply corrupted alien Sith, zapping and force-crushing people when they act up, in beautiful, fully voiced cutscenes?
And believe it or not, but I’m still having fun in PVP – especially now that I’m slowly making connections on my main server again. (Very slowly, but progress nonetheless.) There’s just nothing like a familiar and active community and all the – mostly – fun drama that comes with it.
Unfortunately, all this is currently overshadowed by a long laundry list of bullshit that plagues this game: Bugs (so.fucking.many.), very little new content with practically no variety that is stretched out over months, generally sloth-like cadence concerning everything from communication, bugfixing and taking care of exploits to balancing, their bait-and-switch like strategies (can’t take their word for anything), mind-boggling (design) decisions like the NiM-loot farce, the 2-day “early access” that isn’t really one or the time-gated revival of HK-55, the fact that the game feels like it’s finally in maintenance mode…
This is neither worthy of an AAA MMO, nor of the Star Wars name. Too much bullshit, seriously.
Right now I’m utterly torn between my fondness of this game and the fact that I’m questioning my decision to stay subbed on a daily basis. It’s not actually worth the money, in my opinion – not in its current state anyway. But I still have things to experience (and Pubs to crush) that are mostly unconnected to KOTFE – nothing has changed for those, they are as enjoyable as they were before.
What after I’m done with that, though? Will I actively look for a guild to keep me distracted or will I simply walk away again? Last summer I was ecstatic when I was able to rekindle my excitement for this game. I was enjoying myself again and KOTFE, with all its sweet sweet promises, was right around the corner. I don’t want my motivation to log on to evaporate so soon again, but it’s become increasingly harder to ignore the directionlessness of SWTOR. I’m not sure I’ll be able to decide on where to go from here anytime soon too. Nostalgia knows her Force persuasion.
@Lawilc01 Something we are seeing more and more of. People are not wanting to leave the game, but at the same time have no reason to stay.
— Rakar (@Rakar_ORD) January 19, 2016