Now that the information is out there and people are considering all the ramifications of the two part announcement on the future of the game, I though it would be worth sharing the initial reactions of many of the people who provide content for gameworldone.com
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Having written a number of articles on how I thought the future of the game should go I was relieved more than anything to see Sports Interactive and Sega take the plunge and commit whole heartedly to the future of the game, even though it may cost them in the short term.
I can certainly understand the frustration of many who have played for a long time, but I firmly believe there was no other logical course of action to make Football Manager Live sustainable long term.
Further comment can be found in The Future of FML – Looking for Positives
“Well, I had a feeling this would happen. I don’t think it will solve the problem, but am happy to be proved wrong. My biggest worries is also that the mod teams will be split and that will not benefit the game at all. I also hope for the sake of SI that all people who say that they will leave the game don’t do that, because if they do SI really needs to recruit some new serious numbers.
In Hoddle most people seem upset about it and are saying they will leave some have already done so, mainly because they dont feel they have the time to restart. I must say it has not gone over board and the users have keept it very civilised in the lobby.”
It looks like SI have finally got the courage to make a definitive and bold move. No doubt they will lose a lot of subscribers in the short term, but this is clearly a gamble that the company is willing to make. The backlash is perfectly understandable – and it remains to be seen whether the game will survive this immediate turbulence.
Overall, though, resetting gameworlds was the only logical decision, given that the older gameworlds are now damaged beyond repair. The trick now is to make these new gameworlds accessible and relevant to subscribers old AND new.
Further comment can be found in Let There Be Light – The Big Announcement First Reacions
Immediately after reading the second ‘Future of FML’ announcement I thought surely this cannot be! A quick click on the clock on my screen revealed the calendar, and to my dismay it wasn’t April 1st!
I can’t think of anything else they possibly could have announced that would seriously have me contemplating quitting the game. Whilst I agree that joining an existing gameworld will be more favourable with all these changes, I still believe that nothing in either of the announcements actually fixes the core issue with the game – that a new subscriber would never want to join an existing gameworld over a new one given the choice – which will still be the case.
The most concerning thing for me, as what I believe to be the core issue with the game isn’t actually being fixed, is that there’s no reason to believe we won’t be in the same position again this time next year. At least this is excellent news for my wife, who will likely send Marc Duffy and co. a rather large and expensive thankyou gift if I end up quitting FMLive.
When faced with life or death, the fight for survival always leads to a final resort, THIS was the final resort and i do not envy Marc Duffy and the rest of Sports Interactive in having to announce such a thing to the subscribers.
We are still in the anger phase, when people finally let this sink in they will realise it was the best option for the game to have ANY future. What we all need to do, Moderators, Organisers, Chat Helpers, Beta Veterans or simply Fans is not try and kill the game off, we need to prepare it for the fight of its life next Easter for all our sakes.
While this is probably a better decision for the long-term welfare of the game, I feel that announcing this and then making us wait 4 months is a little unfair. What I also find unfair is some of the overly extreme reactions of some managers. You would think this is a life or death situation from some of the things that have been said. Personally I will miss my team, I stuck with pretty much the same bunch of players for many seasons, but they will live on in my memory, which is all that really matters to me. Finally, I am certainly looking forward to meeting new people in a new gameworld!
Jordan is still on holiday but was “allowed” the time to send in a video of his thoughts on the announcements, unedited this is Jordan ’straight off the cuff’ so he does apologise if he appears to ramble on in parts.
A final reminder about this weeks podcast – if there is anything you want an official answer to then send your questions into firstname.lastname@example.org today!
|Written By Mark Burton
A moderator since May 2008 in a number of beta worlds and now GW Fowler, he strives to highlight the community aspects of FML and inform new & experienced users about future game development.