Originally Posted by BooleanCube
@Riot: Regarding your implicit lack of self-satisfaction that allows you to always drive forward and think of ways to improve; have you ever taken other thinking strategies to develop improvement methods too? The example I'm thinking about "How can we avoid being more like ?"
If the answer to the previous question is "Yes", would you answer "No"? To be fair, you don't have to actually answer this. Just please don't become like Ankama Games; maker of fantastic IP and then trample on expectations of fans due to disappointing business model and poor iterative update design. (Not that I think you would, but sometimes a good way to cross the bridge is to look down every now and then)
99.9% of the time, I avoid sharing my opinions about other developers...
Welcome to the .1%
I actually was a massive Wakfu player and was top 10 in Dofus Arena for quite awhile in the beta.
Ankama has hit a very sweet spot of ways to upset players - have some things that are literally genius
game design, while having everything not in the genius bucket be absolutely confounding. I've never seen anything like it in that way.
I don't know the people who work there personally, nor can I mind-read; but my analysis is that they have a lot of intuitive design talent, with almost no deliberate design capabilities. You'll see something like the Seed mechanic on the Sadida, only to have it adjacent to a progression system on usage similar to UO. This is criminal in a game which has a core combat loop about single-character decision-making on an limited action economy, where what skill to use, and when to use it, is a large part of the engagement.
I feel like their games tend to be a beautiful ****-shoot, where everything that's wrong only feels worse because of how good
what's right is. I'm not sure if they have a domineering senior designer driving poor direction, or if they have insufficient ground-level talent to do the needed problems-solving, but if I ever find a meteor full of billions of dollars of rare minerals, there's little I'd want to do more than buy that company and fix things :P