Every once in a while we stumble upon interesting articles about other games. It’s usually stuff that we pick up because we feel like “they” are doing something we’d like to see in Neverwinter as well. The most recent “Mondays In MMORPGs” blog by the Saga of Lucimia Creative Director is such an occasion.
Once upon a Time
Over the years, that type of interaction faded away as it became too “cost prohibitive” for companies to maintain the type of staff required to create such unique events, and these days you are hard-pressed to find a GM logged into any game, much less get customer support to answer your emails in a timely fashion. Cash shops and loot boxes are the name of the game these days. Game masters? What are those?
As always, Neverwinter seems to be check all the mentioned boxes. Has to be cost-efficient, no GM, cash shop, loot boxes. Sometimes it hurts if others state the painful truth, but Neverwinter of course is a perfect example of how standard mass-market games look today. We don’t even have a full-time Community Manager. Julia’s label might be “CM”, but between maintaining the studio’s social profiles, being Thomas Foss’ personal assistant, and doing other administrative tasks, she has little time left to actually manage the community. You can see some devs on the preview server every once in a while, and Julia admittedly tries to at least get a monthly event going, but that’s about it.
Saga of Lucimia seems to take a different approach. A GM presence is mandatory for them, it’s not optional. And they don’t stop with their own game, but also insinuate that other titles should follow their lead.
What’s your take on GM presence on the server? Should Neverwinter have scheduled times for their devs to not only appear on the live server, but actually runs some events there? Or do you think that it’s not too important? Share your thoughts on our social channels, in the comments below, or visit the corresponding thread on our message board!
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