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    Default Producer Letter - August 29th 2012

    Hi Everyone!

    Phew! What a busy summer! I hope it has been a great one for you. The Dungeons & Dragons Online team here at Turbine has been working so hard and fast since the beginning of the year, that I am only just now getting a moment to pause and reflect on where we are and catch you up on where we are headed next.

    There is so much new stuff that we’ve added to DDO in the last few months since the release of Menace of the Underdark and it’s great to see lots of players walking around Eveningstar enjoying the new Forgotten Realms adventures. We’ve received a ton of positive feedback on the expansion from our fans, especially on the look and feel of the Realms in DDO. It was no small task to bring the world of Faerûn to life in a way that lives up to how fans have pictured it but our art and content teams rose to the challenge and set a great standard for how we will realize this world going forward.

    On the features side, the expansion also delivered some great additions to the game including the powerful Druid class, Epic Destinies and some nice updates to the game’s user interface. The biggest problem I’ve had is that now each time I play I need to decide between advancing my Druid and running around in bear form, advancing my second Destiny on my fighter / Legendary Dreadnought or helping my sorcerer get going as a Draconic Incarnation. It’s nice to have lots of new choices! These changes have had a big impact through the whole game and I’d like to thank all the players who have helped provide feedback and bug reports during beta and beyond to help us iron them out. We know the work of a live service is never done, and we truly appreciate how passionate our players are about helping DDO to be the best it can be.

    To cap off the summer, just eight short weeks after the release of Menace of the Underdark, we released Update 15: Songs of Druid’s Deep. This major update includes a new adventure pack that begins the first of several new DDO stories set in the land of Cormyr. Fans of the lore may note references to the Harpers – we’ll see more of them later! These adventures are intended to provide new challenges for our top level players in Epic mode, while supporting characters in Heroic mode between level 16 and 19 who are looking for something to do in Eveningstar before they are ready to enter the Kings Forest. Although I mentioned in the last letter that U15 would feature a raid, as we got closer to the release we decided to keep the final boss fight as a regular quest to keep it accessible to as many players as possible. (We love providing “looks into the future” for our players, but as they say: you can’t always predict how the d20 will land.)

    The other exciting new feature in Update 15 is the introduction of the Monster Manual! This new achievement system will be great for all DDO players but it is especially aimed at new characters in the early levels of the game. Essentially the more monsters you defeat of each type, the more you will populate the page corresponding to that monster in your Monster Manual and the more achievements you will complete. If you have been waiting to start playing that Druid, this is a great opportunity to start so you can make your way through some of the Prologue volume while you are in Korthos. Two other volumes (with 10 monsters each) are also available and we are planning more for future updates.

    While we’ve been moving quickly and adding tons of content for players, we are also aware of feedback from some players expressing concern over the size of our known issues list. We agree, and so the team is now adjusting plans to shift our focus to bring more quality-of-life patches to help address important bugs in our upcoming releases. To that end, we are working to deploy two bug fix and polish patches before the release of Update 16 as well as one more before the end of the year. The team has already been working hard on many fixes, but I know we don’t always prioritize the things that are most important to each of you. In order to be sure we get the top issues, I encourage you to keep using our bug reporting tools, and to participate in surveys and activities that you will see hosted by our Community Team in the coming weeks as we continue to gather up hot-topics to concentrate on during the next patches and releases.

    Before you know it, it will be November and we will be ready for Update 16 which brings one more generous helping of Forgotten Realms adventures in 2012. This content will feature an all new landscape as we start expanding the game world to the west of Eveningstar along the High Road. There will be new monsters to fight, a new story to explore, and castles to plunder (because every good D&D campaign needs castles)! High level players can look forward to a brand new Epic Destiny for the Primal sphere called the “Primal Avatar”. Then to close out the year, we are aiming for one more release in December. Though we will primarily focus on quality of life in this release, we are also planning a few updates to our winter festivals. The natives of Forgotten Realms do not share in Eberron’s traditions, so expect the town of Eveningstar to show us how they celebrate the cold weather season! Look for more details on these releases soon.

    Yes, 2012 will go down as a huge year for DDO! Although I am a big fan of Maya culture, I don’t buy into that “end of the world 2012” stuff, so we have begun to nail down our plans for DDO in 2013. I can hint a bit at what is in store, though as you know, things are subject to change. We have big plans for new stories in Cormyr that should see us expanding the game world with new zones, new factions and new monsters. Back in Eberron, we’ll be revisiting some classic DDO story threads, including the long-anticipated return to Gianthold… Epic Gianthold that is! I know some of you have been waiting a long time for this and there are claims that this has been done for years, but we are planning substantial changes and some nice surprises for when this is finally available to players. There is a lot more in store, of course, but I will leave more details and announcements for a future date.

    Again, I want to express a big thank you to all of our players for making this one of the biggest years ever for DDO! We are excited to have begun a new chapter for DDO in the Forgotten Realms campaign, and we are eager to grow the world and bring new stories and adventures to you for years to come.

    I’ll see you in Faerûn!
    -Fernando.

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    Nice. But what about prestiges? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fernando View Post
    Back in Eberron, we’ll be revisiting some classic DDO story threads, including the long-anticipated return to Gianthold… Epic Gianthold that is!
    Possibly the only really important thing in the entire letter. Good to see though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fernando View Post
    The team has already been working hard on many fixes, but I know we don’t always prioritize the things that are most important to each of you. In order to be sure we get the top issues, I encourage you to keep using our bug reporting tools
    Does this mean that if I keep bugreporting the new combat system in its entirety that it'll get removed? Please?
    It's definitely an N-word.

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    I am a little shocked to not see the enhancement pass highlighted in big bold terms here considering it was supposed to finish off all the PrEs (including many which just plain do not exist yet in game) which is in high demand and is a joke ingame that it is still not yet implemented fully years after it's announcement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyr View Post
    I am a little shocked to not see the enhancement pass highlighted in big bold terms here considering it was supposed to finish off all the PrEs (including many which just plain do not exist yet in game) which is in high demand and is a joke ingame that it is still not yet implemented fully years after it's announcement.
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    Failed save vs wall of text.

    Seriously though. I appreciate being told what's coming up. Specifically your addressing of the length of the known issues list and at least planing to release a patch or two to do something about it.

    Thanks.

    EDIT: Nothing on prestige enhancements?
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    They push dungeon scaling out for old content. It's far more than that to renew the game.

    1. PRESTIGES
    2. AI should need some changes - would be good to advance mobs a little
    3. Old items revision - more specifically sands and Red fens epic items.
    4. Review and adaptation of forsaken gameplay concepts - trapmaking! Make it fun.
    Sneaking and scouting - surprise us - make it useful.
    5. Numerous bug fixes (sliding monsters, etc.)

    But hey, I don't own the place.

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    Ummmm...Prestiges anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyr View Post
    I am a little shocked to not see the enhancement pass highlighted in big bold terms here considering it was supposed to finish off all the PrEs (including many which just plain do not exist yet in game) which is in high demand and is a joke ingame that it is still not yet implemented fully years after it's announcement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fernando View Post
    Hi Everyone!

    ...the powerful Druid class....

    -Fernando.
    LIES!


    Nice letter otherwise though. Great news on Gianthold, etc.
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    It has been a good year and we've seen a lot of players return. I look forward to "bug" fixes and Epic Gianthold. Epic Gianthold sounds extremely exciting.

    However, it is sad to not see any comments on enhancement changes. Any chance that we might hear about them soon?

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    Not one word about enhancements.

    Sigh . . .
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    Promises to concentrate more on bug-fixes and epic Gianthold!

    Seems like they ARE listening....

    I, too, am worried that no big mention was made of the enhancement pass and finishing off the PrEs in Update 16.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrudh View Post
    I, too, am worried that no big mention was made of the enhancement pass and finishing off the PrEs in Update 16.
    What's not said is always more important than what is said.

    Though I do welcome the focus on bug-fixes, if only they'd acknowledge and help the people who lost all their ED XP after an LR.
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    A vast and unneeded recap of the year thus far, a glimpse at future content and actions from a source that has proven unreliable in the past, and no mention of much wanted features we had been told we'd have by now.



    Yep, it's a Producer post.
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    Memnir A vast and unneeded recap of the year thus far, a glimpse at future content and actions from a source that has proven unreliable in the past, and no mention of much wanted features we had been told we'd have by now.



    Yep, it's a Producer post.

    Certainly sounds like Corporate America. Hey, keep em on their toes, but you have to admit the progress over the past two years has been far better than the first 4! Keep it moving forward Fernando.

    PS...leak out some specific info about the enhancement changes before everyone goes bonkers.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Memnir View Post
    A vast and unneeded recap of the year thus far, a glimpse at future content and actions from a source that has proven unreliable in the past, and no mention of much wanted features we had been told we'd have by now.



    Yep, it's a Producer post.
    not that you need it Mem, but +1 for saying what many of us are thinking


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    Quote Originally Posted by Memnir View Post
    Yep, it's a Producer post.
    Yeap. Highly uninformative, not even a sympathetic ear to the HUGE amounts of bugs and debilitating issues that are trashing the game, and ending with drink the kool-aid.

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