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I figured I would put this here instead of the Discord since it seems the dev's have gone silent in there for reasons.

Reasons this game is broken right now: 

No updates from dev's in over a week about an explosive topic. This is a really bad look for any gaming company. 

Barrel Bombs are OP as fuck. There is no way to defend from them right now without spamming pillars completely everywhere. They are the new land/sea meta in a game that was by the developers own admission needing better ship pvp. Barrels fired from a boat will instantly deplank anything below a galleon from a single barrel. If you salvo barrels, its bye bye ship. Not to mention they clear a deck completely if fired from height. There's almost no ship battles happening any more due to this.

Barrels on land make honeycombing completely useless. With the amount of splash damage that barrels have walls don't even really matter anymore. I'm not quite sure what the theory is behind an explosive surrounded by wood being shot safely out of a cannon by an explosive is. Either the cost per barrel needs to be increased exponentially, the weight, or the reload time needs to be increased 10 fold. They shouldn't be able to be carried at all. If they are, they should have a placement timer. IE, 5 seconds to set it down and set the fuse. This will hopefully stop/slow suicide runners. Barrels that are "thrown" on land should be destroyable the same way as a "placed" barrel. Either by melee or defusing. Right now if a barrel is thrown by hand or from a catapult and it hits land/water it is not defuseable/destroyable. 

Warehouses are pretty much useless. You can only place 1 effectively on an island. Doesn't matter what company. So the first person to put one down wins. They don't collect wood at all. Their gather rates are incredibly slow. They have very little gather range even though their placement range is HUGE. 

SOTD's are broken. They spawn frozen in place, with bright red flags and don't move and take little damage. You can sail right through them. They don't drop loot/give XP and block spawns for real SOTD's. 

Cannon mounts are able to get into a submarine and shoot from inside a submarine. 

You can also throw grenades from inside a submarine as well.

The reason the community is upset is because this was an unneeded change. Barrels were introduced in Season 1 and everyone thought they were terrible then too. Barrels just need to be removed from the game until they find a proper place. What they are now is not it.

Test Server... what happened to this? There have been test servers for previous seasons. This needs to be a thing that is done for any kind of major game-play mechanic change such as barrels. This completely changed the way the game was played, and it would have been more useful to find this out in a test environment before putting it on the live servers. You would have saved your community a lot of grief, and a lot of players would likely still be playing right now.

The BIGGEST issue right now is the clear lack of communication from the developers. This happened the last 3 seasons. It's why people left this game in droves. And it's already happening again less than 2 months into the season.
 

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Posted (edited)

Some more food for thought:

Ever since this patch was released/"hotfixed" we've lost about 80% of not only our companies playerbase, but those of our alliance as well. The seas are barren. Bases are shells of what they once were. 

I don't see how this can be seen as a "win" or an acceptable amount of losses after a patch that was so destructive to the community and so poorly (or at all) addressed by the developers. 

There has been some talk that the barrel patch was put in place in preparation for things to come. So why put these changes in now!? Why release it prematurely before the countermeasures are put in place that these changes are supposed to coincide with. This seems like such a rookie move by this point. 

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This is really simple, most of the player know the game better than the dev. They probably hire a new team of pve player. Just need to look at their vision and everything come clear to me.

They are speaking about ship only so they probably don't like land combat, they are speaking about rework Hydra/dragon boss for making them easier/more fun to kill but not about the utilization of the drake token, they are making building for farming etc for more decoration content/less farming and tryharding.

Their first QOL change was the +50% damage from torpedo x)

They have give back the possibility to make maps with swivel

They have reduced gold upkeep like everything is normal to pay 50 gold every 12 hours for an medium island.

Now they probably have think,  for balance spam construction they will give barrel for destroying a lot of structure in the same time but probably didn't test to throw barrel with ship on other ship.

The problem with most of dev(any game), they have their own vision and most of the time don't follow feedback, because they think, their vision is the good way to the future of their game.

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I'm guessing that the explosive barrel rework was intended to address otherwise (nearly) indestructible underwater structures. The goal is reasonable, but like nearly everything they do, the execution is a clown car driving into a fireworks factory.

For example, at the moment, explosive barrel damage is modified by both ship damage bonuses and cannon quality. So, a barrel fired from a +200% damage ship with 150% quality cannons will hit for 25,000 damage per barrel before resists. That's per barrel per shot... This is so blatantly obviously wrong, that I'm really starting to wonder if there are actually any real devs working on this game at all.

Honestly, the best thing they could do would be to roll back the last two updates, and then just go on vacation for a year. 

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Worst season so far. I don't think theres anyone in my company that enjoys being in our main base atm. The grid have gone over the npc limit, you can't tame or breed anything even if you have room in your company limit.

The lag is awefull, we got attacked the other day, it was basically just 30 dudes punching air on the beach,  people randomly dieing to invisible mortar explosions until the grid crashed 2 times in a row and they couldn't be arsed to deal with the lag anymore.

Can't pvp just be players fighting each other? Is that to much to ask for? All they have done is shifted the grinding from the defender to the attacker and made the whole experience lame and laggy.

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You bought the game without reading reviews, or with reading reviews and ignoring them. Your bad. You 100% got what you paid for, everything mentioned here is literally the same song everyone has been singing since forever in this games existence. It will never get better. 

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22 minutes ago, Inigo said:

You bought the game without reading reviews, or with reading reviews and ignoring them. Your bad. You 100% got what you paid for, everything mentioned here is literally the same song everyone has been singing since forever in this games existence. It will never get better. 

What reviews would have told me they would hire retard devs and fuck the game over in season 4?

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I mean do you want me to hold your hand and cherrypick a handful out of the 17,000ish negative reviews? or the two years of forum threads? Pretty sure that dead horse has been beat pretty hard for the last 2 years. The Whole last year especially since the Devs have been entirely absent.

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It's almost like you bought this house, seeing the picture of the house, seeing the weeds, knowing the condition it was in. You showed up after the purchase and were incredibly displeased you got what you paid for.

[Edit] YEAH! BUT WHO'S GONNA FIX THIS SHIT?!?? Bullshit ass contractor, dont know how to build houses. The plumbing is garbage, the roof 100% leaks.

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Yea except I bought the game at launch, played 3 seasons and THEN the devs broke the fucking game... The point that seems to be flying over your head.

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If you are under the perception the game wasnt broke for the first three seasons, you're divorced from reality. Game has been a hot mess from the get go, its not any worse than its ever been. Its just worse in new exciting ways.

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34 minutes ago, Inigo said:

its not any worse than its ever been.

lol

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Here is the biggest indicator to me that the Devs could care less about this forum and the updates. Since launch they have always updated the patch notes section of this site....until now. I check it everyday for the current notes and there is nothing there. It’s almost as if they don’t know It needs to be updated. I love this broken mess of a game, but I’m starting to wonder about its future.

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2 hours ago, Gomez Addams said:

Here is the biggest indicator to me that the Devs could care less about this forum and the updates. Since launch they have always updated the patch notes section of this site....until now. I check it everyday for the current notes and there is nothing there. It’s almost as if they don’t know It needs to be updated. I love this broken mess of a game, but I’m starting to wonder about its future.

Yup. It's incredibly disappointing and such a let down that this current dev team seems to be following the same mistakes that the old team set forth. (Lack of communication, no patch notes, terrible/broken patches with no more hotfixes).

It's like they don't even RESPECT their player base anymore. Which truly is a sad state of affairs. 

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Hi lot a that is true , started playing again in PvP now quit for good same.reason I know 30 people will never play this again !. Think this sums it up best,  chatted to a 120 level player. Killed me for no reason took my stuff and blew up all my stuff even though Iam a beginner just being friendly . This game is only designed for griefers ! Don't think they will ever be able to make this more about ship battles and make it fun with players like that . Just left me pissed off . 

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On 8/23/2020 at 5:30 AM, Gomez Addams said:

Here is the biggest indicator to me that the Devs could care less about this forum and the updates. Since launch they have always updated the patch notes section of this site....until now. I check it everyday for the current notes and there is nothing there. It’s almost as if they don’t know It needs to be updated. I love this broken mess of a game, but I’m starting to wonder about its future.

They have always had issues updating patch notes. They don't know that it needs to be updated, they just occasionally update it, maybe if somebody asks them to. They probably forget how to even login to the forum half the time.

edit: Oh, and they never respected their players.

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