New Neverwinter Lead Says, "Mistakes Were Made with this Release"

Michael Byrne
By Michael Byrne, Editor-in-Chief April 23, 2015
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Having previously been the Content Lead for Star Trek Online and the Lead Designer for the XBox One version of Neverwinter, Scott Shicoff is used to the demands of players and dealing with developmental issues. This experience is why Scott stepping in as the new Lead Designer on Neverwinter may be the best thing that's happened to the free to play MMORPG recently.

The latest module for Cryptic Studios' D&D inspired title, Elemental Evil, has come with a lot of challeneges. Originally delayed from its initially advertised release date, players expected the delay to result in a higher quality module launch than previous module launches. While players enjoyed aspects of the module, Elemental Evil did come with some downsides, and Scott Shicoff acknowledged these downsides in a post on the game's website.

"We are aware that mistakes were made with this release, and for that I would like to apologize," Shicoff wrote. "We understand the frustration and are actively working to make positive adjustments. Things won’t change immediately, but they will improve over time. Thank you for understanding and giving me the time to help identify and address the issues important to the community."

What can players expect to change? Shicoff gave his own list of hot button issues:

  • Overall difficulty
  • XP rewards in the new zones and campaign zones
  • Invocation
  • Hourly quests
  • Zone re-use
  • Removed dungeons
  • Campaign zone levels
  • Items missing slots/stats
  • And more...
  • Looks like players at least have a lead that is willing to acknowledge some of the long running faults players have brought up on the forums. Now, we'll just have to wait to see when and how things will change.

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    Michael Byrne
    Michael Byrne, Editor-in-Chief
    Mike “Magicman” Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site’s current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

    Discussion (10)

    YouHaveBeenBanned 7 years ago
    Here's the problem.. today's patch ISN'T FIXING ANYTHING CRUCIAL. This game is a pile of shit and is getting worse.

    Seriously.. it's not like the impossible epic dungeons or all the bugs are a surprise. Pretty much every current complaint (which is being deleted or moved the the "404" thread) was brought up MONTHS ago in the preview server forum.

    This new lead dev needs to get his shit together ASAP and figure out how to fix this game before there are no more players left in it.

    Arieswar 7 years ago
    Sadly the new module just is a big grind atm.. you need to do 16 (daily like quests) to get access to one story mission and that special quest btw is like playing a bad player made one at that.. sure minsc is really cool but i donnu something is off with this one..

    Also this expansion just feel cheese and you can easily start laughing at the sequences of story since they just lol awfull.

    koche 7 years ago
    Of course mistakes were made, when the PC version still suffers from major bugs.

    Raide 7 years ago
    Wow, cool. I was expecting Cryptic to just leave the game as is and keep going in the same direction. Huge props to this guy for acknowledging issues. Faith in the developer restored... somewhat.

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    Nuno 7 years ago
    Only mistake i see its them releasin it for Xbox and not for Ps4. i mean srsly

    powerslave 7 years ago
    Yah lots of things messed up. Mobs are double hp they use to be. once you hit 60 you have to group for anything new, even with the up to 70 adjustment. Main thing that ticked me off today was now bags are boe, instead of bind to account. No more passing them on to new alts once you use them, they are stuck. Nice way to try to get us to buy more.

    Hawkfun 7 years ago
    +1 to him for admiting most just say " we know we know " and dont do sht he actually say it and say that he cant fix it right now but its asap.


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