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Author: Gremrod

Perpetuum - Game community and developers at odds with each other. Making a better game!

Posted by Gremrod Friday October 3 2014 at 12:55PM
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A game's community can be its most valuable asset in making the game successful. But what happens when the game's community becomes poisonous. How should the developers deal with listening to the community once it has gone rabid? 

Developers listen to their community to help determine what direction a game should go. Developers take input from the community on basic ideas that the developer team is looking at putting into a game. But when should the developers draw a line on how much a game's community drives the direction of development.

The developers at Avatar Creations set out to develop a game with a community as part of the team. They wanted to create an online game meshed the game community very tightly. They have succeed, but at what cost?

Avatar Creations has created a game called Perpetuum. In Perpetuum you are the pilot of a bot. Players work together in the form of corporations to gather resource and build and fight alongside of each other against other player corporations. Perpetuum is known as one of the first EVE Online clones. (Not bad in my book)

Like many online games Perpetuum is having growing pains. Recently the developers had to remove/redevelop a very large piece of the end game. They have finished the redesign and rereleased it as of 9/17/2014. But many in the games community are reluctant to venture into the new end game content since it was retracted once already and some lost many hours of game time put into construction of player built bases.

Since the game is developed with a lot of input from the community it is hard at times to see the vision since the developers have not written down that vision for the game. If they have one they have not shared it with the community. So at the current time different parts of the community are at odds with one another and the community is at odds with the developers

The developers need to convey their vision for the future of Perpetuum. Once this is done I think a lot of the poison seen in the communities posts will subside and the game will start to see successful strides.

I invite you to come and become part of this very passionate and exciting community and team of developers and players in Perpetuum!

Perpetuum on Steam or their website here