ArcheAge addresses castle construction bug

    
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A quest bug connected to the construction of castles on ArcheAge’s Diamond Shores has resulted in Trion Worlds issuing a hotfix over the weekend to address the situation — and not everyone is happy.

Apparently a progress counter wasn’t advanced when players turned in a certain quest while mounted, and Trion has no way of going back to accurately update the total. As a result, the studio put all faction bases on the same footing: “A fair castle claim rush is our highest priority; due to this issue, the overall number of packs turned in across these servers, and the timing of the coming weekend, we have bumped all faction bases to rank 3.”

Players who had advanced their factions ahead of others were incensed to find that Trion had moved those lagging behind to the same rank. Some called for castle rollbacks while others asked the studio to simply wipe the mission’s progress and continue as is.

CM Linda Carlson attempted to explain the studio’s decision in this matter: “The problem is here that people who have been working hard on this for WEEKS were well aware that they should be at a more advanced stage. This is an action that rectifies and error and provides recognition for the work that WAS done. People still have to get the egg from Diamond Shores to the purification spot — no small feat.”

She later added, “We f**ked up, we owned it, and we are FIXING it tonight. If some people suddenly feel that they are put upon because others are getting recognition for the progress they earned, I don’t mind. They EARNED it. They DID it.”

Source: Official forums, #2, #3hotfix notes. Thanks to Kinya for the tip!
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chernabog
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chernabog

quixadhal Something about this reminds me of Aion.  Where the US team basically
had no power to change anything (primarily being marketing and community
management) and had to wait for Korea for fixes, with no time table.  It took years to get a 64-bit client AFTER Korea had one.   Bug fixes took months upon months to resolve.   And asking the US team was like talking to a wall.   Their usual response was “yea, that sucks, we put in a request to Korea, hopefully we’ll hear back.”  Yeeech.

loxenfox
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loxenfox

I’m starting to love Archeage. Play it? Oh hell no, but i love reading about it.

quixadhal
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quixadhal

This is what happens when you don’t actually have much control over your own game.

Trion is basically RENTING the use of the ArcheAge server code from XL Games, and as such, they really can’t just fix things.  Any changes beyond what can be done purely in the database have to be sent as requests to XL Games, who are then free to ignore them, or implement then differently as they wish.

Once I realized that’s actually how it works, I realized that the odds of sensible changes or timely bugfixes would never be much greater than 0.01%, and even then you’d have to wait months for anything to happen.  All the things we western gamers hate?  All the bots?  Yeah.. in Korea, that’s just normal gameplay, so they see no reason to change it.  And, since they won’t maintain two seperate codebases (can’t blame them!), they’re not likely to make any changes that won’t go over well on the “real” version in Korea.

DahkohtLewin
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DahkohtLewin

Polyanna This. Very much this.

It just goes over as normal that Trion can’t figure out a mathematical set of data they should have a backup for. 
Because it’s expected of them by now.

Zer0K
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Zer0K

fahadjafar As long as there are whales out there or blinded fanboys willing to dump their money into your title, what’s a little reputational scarring and a$s ripping?  Trion basically sold off anything good about their name for the money that they could rake in with AA.
Trion, DID have some say in how to manage this game.  It’s not like their hands were totally tied.
And from where I sit, there were poor decisions made by Trion from the get-go.  I’m glad I don’t play this game anymore.
I kicked the habit early.

Gottphoenix
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Gottphoenix

Do we still need to censor words these days?

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schlag sweetleaf
Infraction
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Infraction

Armsbend Greaterdivinity  Pretty sure she cracked on Friday. Even some of the staunchest defenders of Trion had to step back a second with the condescending tone she took on the forums with people not happy about the outcome of another screw up.

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SamVenice

Tridus I thought lockboxes in games were a psychology experiment.
Then I thought paid betas for FREE games were a psychology experiment.
I don’t tell people how to spend their money: thing is, the unflinching support the whales are giving to all this retardn-ess is actually affecting my options of getting decent quality products (as nobody would develop anything as long as they are rained with cash for sitting on their a**es). So yeah, others’ freedom is limiting mine. How ’bout that lol.

SamVenice
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SamVenice

AA news = new bug/exploit/hack news. All your (faction) bases are belong to us.