Lets do it this way:
It's thirsty for a game like this. It really is. I won't go into what this game offers feature-wise, we all know it's more advanced and in-depth than some newer mmo releases.
"FE is free, and still low populated and you claim market is thirsty for such game?!"
Well you got a point, but... MARKETing... ehh ?
I've been following mmos for 17 years already. Starting back from Everquest up to most recent release of Bless Online. I've seen more publisher mistakes than anything else in gaming. One of biggest mistakes is lack of proper marketing business.
Lots of low-end publishers rely on word of mouth to do the job for them. Word of mouth indeed does the job, but in reverse. FE got shoved underground by people, not by mmo sites. That's why I tried my best to provide some positive vibe on youtube by posting some fresh video footage with optimistic commentary, focusing on positives etc etc... I can tell that it kinda worked because people replied on the same way in the comments section.
WE are the MARKETING. WE are the ones that will decide the future of the game regardless of Little Orbit's effort.
How? For once, lets stop spreading negative bullshoot around and work towards building more positive environment for people to join.
More people will bring more money, more money will bring faster fixes and content updates.
What Little Orbit has to do is to follow already proven path of Trion, a garbage company that milks playerbase by opening fresh start servers every half year.
In this case, however, it isn't milking of the community's money, it's for the good sake of the game.
Paired with some facebook advertising and couple of giveaways via few of mmo sites it would lift this game up a lot in terms of population.
Trion did the same earlier this year... I watched streamers get stuck in 2 hours long queues. It works.
I'm not saying FE would get the same amount of hype but it would get bigger playerbase than it has now - im certain of it.
CURRENT COMMUNITY & GAME ITSELF
On a first glance, at least here on forum, it seems we are friendly, but in reality this forum is one toxic garbage waste. Even here, on a topic that clearly says "FE Potential" I see pointless offtopic fights about where previous owners went wrong.
Does it fkn matter? It's over ffs. Get over it... move on.
Luckily when you get in game, it gets better and community is more helpful. So, I'd still say FE has potential to embrace lots of new players with good retention rate.
We need more proactive people. We need content creators, we need promoters, we need streamers, we need support of a company to get the game out in the public. Little Orbit needs to start working their asses of too... Like, why not visiting this link
and posting a comment like : "Hello, thanks for visiting our game. We are Little Orbit and we just purchased rights on this game. Expect much improvement in time to come." or something like that. EXPOSE yourself. Start using social media as you would use a tool to make your game.
You can fix everything, polish the hell out of this game... for who? Get your PR team out there and start working your asses off.
Don't tell me it won't work... I have a video on FE that has 60 fkn views... just 60, and has 2 comments. Let me quote those comments down for you:
merten0083 1 month ago
Dammit, now I want to come back and play, I was a Tech guy or whatever that faction was
The Illuminati 1 month ago
Bro im getting back into the game just cause of u
There is quite a fine chunk of similar comments on my FE vids. It's just me alone... 41 subscriber and videos that are barely getting 200 views per half a year. And trust me, I'm not even trying super hard to become some famous youtube guy. I do it all of love of a game and not for some sort of "fame".
FE potential lies in it's ability to provide a feeling that community can't seem to forget. It's card that we all can play on and expect a win. No other game provides similar feeling of immersion as FE. Little Orbit should make use of it.
I don't see this game in much better state anytime soon. At least not this year. It takes a lot of work and a lot of positive vibe to fix what's broken.
I'm happy to hear that we got new guys handling the game but I feel that they don't have the capacity yet to engage in such a big task. (it's been a while since they took over, stack splitting isn't back yet. not to mention anything else)
We gotta do our fair share and help them out, I know I'll be doing my part for sure.
If somehow my words offended someone, I apologize. It wasn't intended.
Thanks for reading.