Emphasis on Feels. Feelings are not rational. In my head, I know that a lot of people are working very hard on my favorite CCG and every piece of content they drop and patch they implement is on-point, but I can't help but feel down. Part of that is community. Part of it is meta. Large part of it is uncertaintly.
There are so many topics that are just festering in our community, causing negativity, but I have to be honest and say most of it boils down to two elements:
– Uncertainty. Where is the game going? What is the future plan? Are patches coming to specific mechanics? Rotation is a phrase that gets brought up with increasing frequency and the latest comment we have on it is 2 months old, with no information to be shared.
– Continued Commitment. Is there ever a competitive scene coming, even with just minor financial support? Can we start looking beyond the Roadmap? What new features are in the works? What about the console port? Why is TESL never getting marketed/advertised even slightly (remember when we had this 50K event that got advertised only on the day-off…)?
If I have to be honest, it feels like TESL is getting neglected. TESL is on Page #4 of the Bethesda "All Games" index, between Doom (1994), Doom II (1995) and Call of Cthulhu (2006), and I can't recall a TESL commercial to safe my life. And I know that there's still very much so a commitment to the game, as TESL Asia IS actively being promoted!
One of the greatest things about the previously mentioned Roadmap being announced was the feeling of commitment. We were about to hit the first anniversary of the Dark Ages of TESL, but then the announcement came. The whole community experienced the greatest sigh of relief. Cool, new content was coming! Expansions, Gauntlets, Arena Changes, UI improvements – and Sparkypants delivered! The unexpected buffs in Patch 2.15, despite hitting at perhaps the worst time (outside of SparkThesda's control, might I add!) were received very well!
But here we are again… People are down. Invade was a bit of a disappointment (to put it lightly), content creators are burning out and abandoning ship at a rapid pace and the silence has been absolutely deafening.
I think what a lot of the current negativity comes down to is that, like what happened in the Dark Ages during the developer switch and content drought: We have nothing to look forward to. We have no idea what is coming up. We don't know how committed Bethesda is to keeping the game running. And this uncertainty breeds negativity and negativity breeds more negativity.
I don't mean to step on any toes here, but I think it's pretty well accepted that communication for TESL has never exactly been a forté. I think it's time for a little update, a little refreshed commitment. Something positive, to get excited about. It'd do more good than we can imagine.
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