Is ddo in maintenance mode?
First, I would like to say that I enjoy this game, and have spent a great deal of money that I am chagrined to admit. Lets just say I partake in pay for convenience generously.
Now I realize that numerous changes have been made to the game recently.
Some examples are
secret door changes
level cap increase
Yet, I get the feeling that the game is being put out pasture and milked for all its worth in its twilight years.
Even with all the recent changes nothing screams to me that they (wb/turbine) are investing heavily in this game. I am not sure what would indicate that ddo is a priority for wb/turbine but I feel like I would know it when I see it. Recent changes seem halfhearted to me, as if they are not even trying anymore.
And then there are the bugs, unfixable bugs such as the one that affects ladders.
I know some people will say 'but..but..they are updating the game, they would not go the trouble if just to shut it down'.
My concern is not that they would shut the game down, but rather that the changes are a sort of ruse to pretend that ddo is healthy and therefore keep us spending with confidence. I can not imagine that anything done in the past year or so required the significant resources that would be invested in a healthy game. It appears as if ddo is running on a skeleton crew.
I had some contractors working around my house and at first I was beyond happy with them.
Then after a time they started to get sloppier and sloppier with each successive project, taking longer and longer to complete tasks and asking for more money than agreed upon. I am starting to feel the same way about ddo, bugs on top of bugs and money grabs on top of money grabs.
I am to the point that I am disinclined to invest anymore time or money. I feel as if its time to just write off everything invested up to this point as a sunk cost and walk away.