Steam Early Access allows developers to truly flesh out their game via interaction with those who are actually going to play it. This gives them insight that isn’t bound by “loyalty” or bias, and thus true progress can be made. But, in the process of that progress, some things will have to be changed or left behind. The proof of this can be found in Wild Terra Online, an MMORPG on Steam Early Access right now, and one that’s getting ready to launch in a few weeks.
The game has been on Steam Early Access for over a year, and many changes have come with it. Yet, in a post on Steam, the team noted that some more drastic changes are coming. Mainly, to the Arenas and Private Servers.
First up, the Arenas. these were meant to be major PVP areas in the game, but, development time and resources left them in the dust so to speak. The team notes that they currently don’t “don’t match the game’s realities”. and thus are being shut down. However, when the game is released, the team will dive back into them, and try to make them something special were PVP can truly shine.
Then, there’s the Private Servers. This option allowed gamers to create their own servers to house their friends and other acquaintances without having to worry about bad gamers ruining their fun. However, like the Arenas, time didn’t allow for them to be updated, and thus the ability to create Private Servers is going to be turned off as well. Now, if you have one currently that you created, you can still use it, it just won’t be up to date with the more public servers the game has.
Hopefully, players will understand this, and will still play Wild Terra Online as it approaches its launch.