One of the problems every MMO faces throughout its lifetime is that it can be difficult to figure out what small quality-of-life issues players are experiencing and communicate progress on them to everyone. EVE Online developer CCP Games tackles the first problem by using the player-elected Council of Stellar Management to crowdsource information on problems facing players, and usually communicates upcoming patches and changes through regular devblogs and the EVE Updates website.a new tool in its arsenal with the release of its CCPlease webpage, a visual development roadmap designed to help CCP address player demands regarding long-standing issues such as the game’s broken chat system. The response from players on the tool so far has been pretty mixed, with some players being happy to see a more visual way for the company to show its plans but others pointing out that the EVE Updates page really does perform a similar function and may be under-utilised.
A few players have also pointed out that Star Citizen’s development timeline page offers considerably more detail than this, and some have been confused by a graphic that looks like progress bar but is actually a calendar. The number one thing requested by players, though, is some way to let CCP know about other issues that should be added to the list or possibly to vote to prioritise issues. Hopefully this new visual tool will help CCP to appease some of those player pleas.