The last thread got closed (off topic comments) so I think a new one would be good to speak about this topic. Please only speak about the PS4 DLC and things related to it.
Actually, the new update has no release date on PS4, the difficulty and bugs of the April update are still in the game after 5 months without update. Nothing new on PS4, no correction to the bugs and a game that is (it’s my personnal advice) so hard and buggy that it’s now boring.
The “reasons” behind the actual situation:
I think (again, it’s a personnal advice, not an imperial, objective statement) that the team behind GZ made a lot of mistakes, leading to the actual situation:
- April update was a mistake, as it generated a lot of bugs and a (too much) increased difficulty level that was unexpected.
- The team waited way too long to correct the difficulty level
- They paired the update (meaned to correct the April update) with a new big DLC and additionnal content. It means that any problem with one of those things lead to the delay of the whole package
- They released the whole package as soon as possible on PC, leading to spoilers for the rest of the community and letting consoles players wait longer to simply get a game with a more balanced difficulty. I personnally think that it was to quickly get money from the PC DLC at least. I’ll explained my advice on it later on this post.
- They delayed the DLC for PS4 one more time, without giving a new release date while announcing that Xbox players will get both the update and DLC next week.
My advice and feelings:
This part is personnal. I think they made a lot of mistakes and, even if they have some reasons, I think they shouldn’t hide behind things like the pandemic or the difference between PC/xbox/ps4. As a ps4 player, I’m not able to enjoy the game since April because of the bugs and the difficulty. It’s maybe hard to understand for PC players but the game is truly annoying in his actual state and it’s hard to overcome it after 5 MONTHS of our version being left like that. As a customer, I payed to play the game. I had a lot of fun and I would be happy to play again the game in his February or March version. It would be no problem if they just had “downgrade” the game to solve the April-update’s problems. Or at least made a small patch to solve the difficulty problem. But actually I own a game that became a pain to play, it’s broken since April because of the update, I can’t get a refund and there is no release date to know when the game will be “playable” again.
They delayed everything because the correction is bond to the DLC and new content. So it has been 5 months and nobody knows when PS4 will get the game back on tracks. Maybe “soon” but it could mean next month… Or next year. No information on that. But a lot of FEAR after the long wait and all the delay…
I (and maybe other, ps4, players ?) feel like the devs left me/us down. They still didn’t correct the bugs of April BUT they released a PAID DLC on PC first and now on Xbox. While we’re stuck with the April difficulty since months… I truly hope I’m false, but I feel like they cared more about getting quickly money from the DLC than solving the main game for everybody. Because they didn’t focus on solving the bugs first, they kept working on the DLC all along. I don’t want to rant the devs, it wouldn’t be constructive and I hope it’s clear to anyone reading this post. What I want is to communicate how I feel about GZ management and how I, and maybe other players, can see the actual situation. This way, maybe the GZ team could learn about what (some) players can think of their actual management and gain our trust back later.
I know that there are still a lot of players enjoying the game and many (PC players for example) will not understand the actual situation and how it’s a problem. If you enjoy the game I’m happy for you and I hope it’ll stay like that. I just hope too that you’ll understand that it can be different, and a disapointment, for other players, especially PS4 players right now. It’s not imperial facts, it’s a personal advice so you can disagree with me of course. I’m not writing this to say “my advice worth more than others”, I’m writing it to let the GZ team know how some players could feel after 5 months with what, I think (again, it’s personal), is a broken game.
I used to truly love the game and I played it a lot, so I may sound angry, I am actually, but, mainly, I’m sad because an awesome game is actually unplayable since months and corrections keep getting delayed…
I don’t trust the GZ team, because they just left the PS4 community with a broken game and they delayed the update many times. It means that, after all this disapointment, it will be hard to trust them if they give us any release date (for Fnix rising and for future DLC’s and updates). It also means that future updates won’t only generate “hype” about new content but it will also generate a lot of fear about new bugs and another months-long wait for their correction. At this point I would even find a way to “Block” updates for GZ. And I’ll also think twice before buying anything GZ-related (DLC, cosmetics) because I’ll remember those 5 months I was unable to play the game and I don’t want to buy additionnal content for a game I’ll may be not able to play for months again.
My personal expectations:
-I expect the bugs will be fixed soon.
-I expect that the devs will never wait so long again to solve important issues, even if it means delaying DLC and new content. It also means that I hope they’ll never pair again bug-fixing and additionnal content in the same way they did with Fnix Rising.
-I hope future updates and DLC will be released for PC and consoles AT THE SAME TIME.
-I hope for some new, fully fresh content for the whole community (PC+Xbox+PS4) as Fnix Rising feels “old” for PC players (they played it already) and for some consoles players too as it has already been discovered (and spoiled) by the PC community. And it would be nice to have a fresh start for the whole community to discover together, at the same time.
-I expect the GZ team will remember how they left down the consoles community, especially the PS4, and will actually do MORE than just saying “We apologize”. They lost the trust of many players and they won’t get it back with words only. (But PLEASE, no PS4/Consoles exclusive “sorry gift” or “sorry event”, the whole community has to be put together again as a WHOLE).
Thanks to anyone reading this post, I hope you understand how it feels and that I want to constructively share my point of view and feelings to help the GZ team getting the players’s trust back and avoiding new bad management that could lead to disapointment of (ps4) players. Actually I’m not even sure that GZ will get back on tracks on PS4 (it has been a long and hard time GZ on ps4 and maybe some players gave up on GZ because of that) but I still have some hope that it will be good again. I uninstalled the game but I truly hope that one day GZ on PS4 will be fixed and, then, I’ll may download it again.