We all heard this recommendation before, and couldn't interest FC. Can we, as a community, try to show FC, how much potential this idea has by brainstorming on the advantages/disadvantages of such recommendation once more?
Below is a crosspost from AO reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/anarchyonli...eam_release/);
We all know that steam release will draw new players in. May it be one or thousands, there will be new people. We all want those new people to stay.
AO is an old game, especially the froob experience is dated.
Yes, froob experience is very unique, very different than every other MMO, and it must stay. But, those MMO people whom has never played AO are probably interested in a wow-like progression system therefore didn't try/like AO. Shadowlands expansion has spectacular progression, it must be added to the basegame for the release to pull people of different backgrounds in. The progression between maps, quest lines, graphics, style are very unique and can addict people for a long while.
The new-new player experience was also built with progression in core. It would be off putting for a new player to move from progression-core content to sandbox-core content through a teleporter. It is also worth noting that such player will see it as a downgrade of graphics(and style) when moving from new player experience - to froob AO world.
Funcom please bring the SLoob experience back, or bake SL into the basegame(for limited time?) or make GMI-buyable SLoob tokens so people can gift them to newbies or anything to incorporate SL into the basegame. We all know how helpful the community is, and this can obviously be done by the community.
I understand that AI, LE expansions are luxury. They are not required to live the AO experience. However SL is core to the game, it is not healthy to separate the new players from %90 of content(and players), which are valid today.
As every other one of you, I would LOVE to play AO as if it is 2007 again. The steam release can help with that if we try. Those people who are more vocal about your opinions, please make sure your ideas to help the game are seen on forums.