The Daily Grind: What’s your preferred way of learning about a major MMO patch or expansion?

    
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The Daily Grind: What’s your preferred way of learning about a major MMO patch or expansion?

I don’t know when we’re going to hear about the next Final Fantasy XIV expansion. I know that it’s going to happen, considering that Naoki Yoshida mentioned it specifically back in July, but the lack of a fan festival this year means that it’s still up in the air about when we’ll get our formal announcement or even when the launch will be aside from “next year.” It seems a given that I will not be sitting in a convention hall and getting the experience of watching the first bits of a new trailer explode on a screen in front of me.

Then again, that’s hardly necessary at this point. There’s no law saying these things have be announced in specific venues, and in some ways having the big announcement coming at the start of an event means the rest of the event is spent coming down from that gigantic burst of news. Sometimes I think it would be kind of nice to just have expansions announced in a more calm and less flashy fashion. So what do you think, readers? What’s your preferred way of learning about a major MMO patch or expansion? Do you want the big event reveal, or is an announcement on the game’s page more than enough for you?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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kjempff

Mostly here on massivelyop.
Sometimes from streamers, well actually more the streamers viewers smalltalk.
Sometimes from youtube ai selections.

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EmberStar

When it’s being installed as the patch goes live. My *least* favorite is what they actually do – hyping up “big things coming SOON” before derping around for months. Ark, Warframe and Star Trek Online all do this, trying to “build hype” for something that’s either nowhere near as impressive as what they showed (Warframe) or that will be quietly delayed for months (Ark) or just released in bits and pieces over the next calendar year (Star Trek Online.)

Bonus fail points to STO for hyping up their big “all things Klingon” update and then managing to take an extra six months before female characters even got a skin update and apparently NO no character creation options at all. Or at least none important enough to mention in the patch notes that I noticed.

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EmberStar

I should add that I *really* dislike it when game devs fail to interact with their own website and forums in favor of “social media” like Twitter and livestreaming. Ark is especially irksome for this, to the best of my knowledge the only official dev activity on their own forums in months is (eventually) updating the patch notes post. But they certainly have time to get into sparring matches with random trolls on Twitter. (Apparently so named because it’s a collection of Twits.)

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Oleg Chebeneev

I love how Blizzard does this with Blizzcon. Huge event, very anticipated announcements, CGI trailer, lots of info, dev talks, etc.

I didnt seriously play retail WoW for years, but every Blizzcon where new expansion is announced = big hype for me

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

ON MASSIVELY OP THE MORNING AFTER… because I’m in the opposite timezone for a US morning announcement. <3

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Robert Mann

Ideally? In-game with books, NPC conversations, activities for players, etc.

More realistically, a basic blurb on launcher and website. I want to play, not get told everything!

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Ashfyn Ninegold

1. Launcher, with a link to website. Most MMOs I play I don’t obsessively follow.

2. MOP, of course.

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HolyAvengerOne

They should make it an in-game event of some sort!

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NeoWolf

for patches I’d say The Patch Notes :) and for Expansions I’d say the first official announcement/stream/video from the Developers.

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Stormwaltz

I don’t have a strong preference for anything in particular, so long as I get the information. A pretty reliable source, for me, is a link in the launcher to an article on the game’s website.

The way I dislike is via livestream. It’s absolutely the laziest and least-focused way to disseminate information. I work during the day. I don’t have 30-60 minutes to sit around in your stream waiting for the information I want. Let me access the information quickly, efficiently, and when it’s convenient for me. (I blame the “pivot to video” that happened after Facebook faked their numbers.)

EDIT: A mere forum post doesn’t work for me either – I don’t participate in forums, never even look at them anymore.

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Schmidt.Capela

A combination of pinned post on the forum (and all semi-official external forums or message boards for the game that the company has influence over), a link in the game’s homepage to a constantly updated extensive list of all information already released about the expansion, and a press-release.

I don’t care for hyping, in particular when done through reveal videos — or, worse yet, livestreams — as I only seek information in videos if I have absolutely no other choice — and if I do feel forced to resort to videos, there’s a chance I will stop following the company altogether due to it not putting out information in the format I prefer.