I’ve aired a few opinions about Vanguard largely as a reaction to the “hype”. Like WWII Online, prior to release Vanguard was as much a community as a game. And from that community, especially from certain developers’ posts, I drew the impression that Vanguard was going to be big by nixing the ‘mistakes’ that had been made when EQ1 began to deviate from The Vision.
Only, the so-listed mistakes are all stepping stones in the path to growth that EQ1 continued to experience.
Either the message was corrupted by that very anti-SOE community (something that seemed to be inspissated by Brad) or it was just chest beating, because towards the end the aspirations to WoWdom grew stronger. This was, perhaps, just Brad hyping the game. But honestly, Brad and I share something in common (and I don’t mean an FAQ):
I do take issue with the assertion that I promised a bunch of stuff we didn’t deliver. I do fully admit my writing style is verbose and I made a significant effort to hype the game, but at the same time I also made a huge effort to manage expectations and let people know what might not make it in release, what was an expansion idea, etc. Sure, that changed as we got farther along with development. You can look up my posts and look at old copies of the FAQ and see the scaling back that took place (both what Kendrick mentioned and other stuff). And thinking back on it, while I posted a lot of these changes, the FAQ should have been kept more up to date.
Frankly, I was starting to think I might be wrong when I said:
I would be surprized if it ships less boxes than EQ1 original/RoK did, but I would be very surprized if maintains more than 100k active, paying subscriptions for more than 3 continuous months, and startled if it manages to retain more than 60k subscribers for more than 9 continuous months.
If they are letting go of staff, then I might not be far wrong. I hope they aren’t – I’d rather be wrong than see a team go down. But either way, I’m going to take to heart the lesson of careless speculation about future features.