I guess SOE does care what there players think about there game, because this Road Map feature is pretty much there way of telling us what they have planned for the future of PlanetSide 2.
The Road Map feature is a new section on the PlanetSide 2 website. This section is to outline there future plans for the game, with the next six months currently planned out for all of us to see. You are probably wondering whats the difference between this and a regular forum, and the difference is that its a bit more democratic than alot of us might think. With users given the ability to up and down vote on a specific topic or feature that could be implemented in to the game, giving the development team the chance to gauge the popularity with their ideas that they would like to implement in to the game. Before of course they get shouted at by all the angry fanboys and girls about just putting it in to the game, so literally the future of PlanetSide 2 is in your hands and thats the way alot of MMO’s should work in my oppinion because an MMO is a very community driven game so it should be run by the people who play the game.
John Smedley, SOE’s CEO, later explained the changes over on Reddit, making it clear that Road Map’s definitely not a “mob rules” type of thing like I expect alot of you thought it would be. It’s just a simple tool for us to be able to gauge a sentiment about a particular topic. Remember it’s still a forum thread (although with cool nested comments ) and we’ll still be reading what people are actually saying. However if we list 5 topics for Febuary and peoplehighly vote 4 of those 5 and everyone hates on one of the ideas, it’s fair to say that’s going to get our attention.”
At some point SOE are going to introduce Suggestions area with the same vote up and down functionality soon, essentially a Web 2.0 version of the humble suggestion box. The difference being that it will (probably) be full of useful thoughts and ideas made by players of PlanetSide 2. This is all in aid of SOE being able to say PlanetSide 2 is a game we all share a vision for and with all these Suggestion boxes and Road Maps in mind it is going to be very fun and interesting to play and see how this game progresses over the next few months. In my opinion this is how all MMO’s should work, because if you are trying to satisfy the community then you should get the community involved and let them get there suggestions across and not just dump a really shitty patch or update containing loads of content that they didn’t and never will want in the first place. So can I be the first to say well done SOE for letting us have a game we actually want and we will thoroughly enjoy playing.
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