If you do not like a game, walk away
Bitching about all bad games out there makes no sense at all. (it will keep you busy though)
So why all this persistent raging about COH3?
I guess it is disappointment. Emotionally involved, with expectations not met.
Relic now has gotten this message for sure. Many are disappointed. They know that.
Now what can we do?
- Keep raging. That keeps you (all those who are not satisfied) in this unhappy trench for a long time. And it will at some point also lead to frustration and bad reactions at Relic. Not good in the long run for you and everybody.
- Walk away. Good for you (ends the frustration)
- Wait (do sth else in the meantime)
- Accept what is, lower your expectations, enjoy what you have (challenging, but possible)
Assuming Relic has received enough hate/rage/criticism, and I think they have, I want to be a missionary for path 2-4. They all make you more happy than 1.
I don't get this argumentation. Yes, not every rage is fair and good, but walking away from problems only works if you expect them to not come back and bite you. Suggesting to not complain is suggesting to not voice your concern. Why? Why should I not voice it? You're basically saying their opinion should not matter because it has been heard often enough or because it is invalid in the first place (basically point 2, the only reason is frustration). That's nonsense.
The gaming industry has seen a lot of cash grabs, Relic and CoH3 show clear first signs of that. If you like the franchise and let them get away with it, complain. That's good and fair. New players need to hear about the issues and Relic needs to have the pressure. If everyone just reads 'the game is fine' and 'I'm having fun', nothing will change and both your favourite game and franchise in particular, as well as the gaming industry overall will become worse.
This line of thinking is a nonstarter. If Relic thinks they can pull that shit and leave CoH 3 in *this* state, they're done. I don't know about you Hannibal, but I would be absolutely DONE with Relic. They wouldn't see even a fraction of a cent from me going forward.
They would confirm, in no uncertain terms, that they are soulless and motivated only by the drive to provide returns to investors, and not to make a game that is actually worth the space it takes up on my SSD.
You had better hope they don't pull this. I'm serious.
I guess Relic would downsize significantly, mass layoffs and become a mid sized company developing a new franchise. CoH would probably be dead as well. They might found a new studio if they deem Relic as a brand as taintes.
It's not nice, but thinkable from an economic point. If the costs for fixing would vastly outdo the gains, it might be done. Company restructurings like that have been done plentifully.
My main point is that we have people shouting both 'Don't worry, Relic will surely fix everything' and 'Relic/CoH will go down and bancrupt', while neither of them actually knows shit. None of us does, we don't know where the manager's currently evaluate the franchise. Both sides who deal in those absolutes are talking nonsense.
I doubt we'll see any shutdown in the next months. Not even trying would be an odd decision. DoW3 has been abandoned 10 months in, but the game was dead after a few weeks. Compared to that dead corpse, CoH3 is super healthy. There's still a player base, a lot of fans, probably decentish first sales. It would be stupid not to try for a few more months to fix the game and see how many players come back.
Current player numbers won't support a studio of Relic's size either. If the patches don't bring the game back, then I can see Relic ceasing support. But that decision is probably a couple of months away.