Ok fellas raise your hands if you had Thomas Foss and Cryptic pulling a complete 180 on the Dungeon Keygate. I honestly need to rewrite a few blog posts I had lined up. I was totally expecting some sort of half-baked excuse why the change was necessary and that they are sorry and looking into ways to improve chest loot in the future. Because that’s what they’ve always done (Coalgate). I think the only other time they really listened to a major shitstorm was back in Module 2. Originally Astral Diamonds were a hardcoded cost in the refinement system, but after tons of negative feedback they scratched it.
If that’s the first sign of a true change in mentality under Lead Designer Thomas Foss, I take it. If that’s just the community forcing the devs’ hands, I take it as well. At the end of the day it was the only decision that makes sense.
Now let’s not get carried away here. This is still the same team that pulled the plug on the Gateway without a clear plan how to deal with companions, the gear from Sword Coast Adventures or the profession system. But I understand the Gateway was more of an emergency shutdown while this was a decision between pushing an unpopular change through or not. As many members of the community rightfully stated, this doesn’t make any sense without a full rework of the chest loot system.
This was still a mess
Also, while the final result is adequate, you can pretty mich criticize everything else that contributed to this disaster. I think @damnacious nailed it with the sentiment he posted in the official thread.
Only the future can tell whether this was just a flash in the pan or the start of a sustained improvement. It’s nonetheless encouraging for various reasons. Thomas went out and clearly stated they made a mistake, which is never easy. More than that it shows that the community can indeed have an impact on decisions. You might not get an answer every time, but voicing your opinion is always the best option.
We challenged the devs and they answered, which deserves praise. Let’s hope they stay true to their words and we’ll never have to post 1,689 comments into a feedback thread again.