The Secret World’s Bylos moving on, details 2015 plans

    
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The Secret World game director Joel Bylos has posted a new update letter in which he says that the original name for the game’s upcoming Enhanced Player Experience was Enhanced Player Elite Enjoyment Nirvana, or EPEEN. Though Funcom’s higher-ups had other naming plans, the update is now live on the test servers.

Bylos then mentions ongoing work on Issue 11’s Orochi tower and the final chapter of the Tokyo storyline. The letter contains a blurb or two about Funcom’s 2015 TSW plans including “more issues in new locations,” a scenario update, more dungeons, and “even a bit of PvP.” Finally, Bylos mentions that he has “moved to a new initiative within the company,” and as such he has been slowly “handing off responsibilities to other members of the team.”

Bylos doesn’t give specifics on his new role, but he does say that the game director letter format will change and will henceforth be handled by Funcom’s senior community manager.

[Source: Dev letter; thanks Nordavind!]
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ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

I just can’t get enthused at the letter. Joel was a bulwark against some of the more asinine decisions the FC Manglement tried to impose on the game. With that brick wall gone, I see the decision-making on the game’s direciton getting dictated by the higher ups who lack much of a clue about it’s appeal and why people like it. The Devs are great but at the end of the day they have to do what they are told to do. I have absolutely zero confidence in the people above Joel telling them what they should be doing now.

At least AO is flying under the radar without interference from on high…

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

ArtemisiaWS paragonlostinspace For some reason I thought he was in Carolina. Interesting. I’m really curious as to what postion he is moving into and what he’ll be doing for the company.

wolfyseyes
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wolfyseyes

I am very much looking forward to getting my hands around that EPEEN.
:3

ArtemisiaWS
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ArtemisiaWS

paragonlostinspace ArtemisiaWS He is but he lives and works in Funcom’s central office=Oslo.

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

Gottphoenix I don’t know I played AoC for full 2- 3 years at least and Tortage is by far *not* the pinnacle of the AoC experience.

Drelkag
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Drelkag

I picked up the Grandmaster deal a few weeks ago that got me another copy of the game to give to a friend and some points to get caught up on Issues since my break. Been having a blast in the game and will be starting a fresh Dragon character once the new player experience launches with aforementioned friend. Gonna be good times.

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

ArtemisiaWS I thought he was an Aussie?

mbbrazen
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mbbrazen

Wratts ogged451 How is it a grind You go in Sanctuary. channel..you get a group…you run group elite 5 times. The end. You can run it in 10.1 gear and you don’t need the full wheel. You just have to be willing to spend 30 minutes with 4 other people.

mbbrazen
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mbbrazen

It made me so sad to read that Joel will have other responsibilities at FC. I mean I am happy for him but just so very, very sad for us. I didn’t always agree with him but he was a terrific Game Director and I appreciated his frank responses to our community when our expectations exceeded what FC could actually do. I think the TSW team is terrific, but I just worry how the team will do without a game director. Creative types need someone to crack the whip from time to time…

AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

Um…what? It is clear you have no knowledge of the TSW community.