World of Warships- The Apology That The Community Deserves

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Hey guys, today issued a statement that went over most of major gripes that the community has had over the past month. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below.

DevBlog: https://blog.worldofwarships.com/blog/200

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28 Comments:

  1. While this is more than we usually get so is something, actions are the only thing that will open my wallet again.
    The torp bug is an example: if it’s an unexpected issue that is complex game logic just say so. We’ll (for the most part) understand, stonewalling just annoys the player base.
    iChase pointed out something interesting: Victor Bardovsky is essentially in charge of WOWS, and he’s been since 2017. Which to me means things like the CV Rework, Captain Rework, aggressive monetisation and apathy with the community can be laid at his door; he controls everything: budget, road map, game direction, the works.

  2. It is a way better apoligy atleast, if they did that way earlier there would have been slightly less drama. To me though it’s easy, until they actually show action with what was stated, i don’t trust them yet.

  3. I’m still keeping my wallet closed until WG can PROVE to me that they are serious about these changes. And honestly they have no one to blame but themselves here. They bit the hands that feed them far too many times for me to just blindly trust that they mean even a word of what they’ve said here. Actions speak louder than words and WG’s actions recently have spoken volumes. Now I’m cautiously optimistic, I want to have a fun warships game to play and if it happens to be the game I’ve sunk years and hundreds of dollars into, all the better I say, but that’s contingent upon WG, there are already some other naval games I can go to if needed. WG is not owed my time and money, they can earn it like the rest of the games I play.

    • Exactly this. I’m letting my premium time end and I will be taking a break at that point. The only problem is that they keep adding extra days with super containers and such so it keeps getting pushed back. I’ll come back later after my salt levels drop (running high tier games is getting bad for my health) and we can see what WG do over the next few months. I have lots of other games I can play.

      And I guess if I take enough time off I could get a few free ships/stuff when I come back .

  4. I doubted that they would do anything at all. But given their track record with apologies, I doubt that much will come from this. Words are cheap. Also, WG whining about the way their staff is treated after f***g over and disrespecting the playerbase time and again for years is imho a little hypocritical. As far as I understand the CC walkout happened because of this primarily. The outrage they’re facing is home grown to the last leaf and bud.

  5. This is a typical corporate tactic.
    – Calm the crowd.
    – Say things to placate the masses.
    – Make vague promises.
    – Stall progress.
    – Hope masses lose interest over time.
    – Return to normal.

  6. More like a long non-apology full with promises that they actually commit to do, but plan to view sometime in a randomly picked future.
    The part about disclosing drop chances from lootboxes is shady as hell. Why is it so hard to do in PC something they already do in consoles? They claim they need to be compliant in every country and that China is heavily regulated, but I can’t think of a single country who would prefer to keep things in the dark by law. That is an implicit admission that lootboxes are rigged in some form or have different set of rigged rules for each country. At the same time they claim to comply to the laws of all the countries they do business they also admit that they actually don’t comply to any law.
    So, nothing concrete

  7. I think it’s a good first step. We’ll see how the second and third steps go. I appreciate your positivity in a community filled with negativity.

  8. I think this is the best apology they’ve ever put out. However, like you said words need to be backed with actions. If they follow through with publishing odds and non-lootbox purchases on all ships, those would convince me the most.

  9. Sea Lord Mountbatten

    To everyone saying action speaks louder than words, yes you are right. Like I said, this is a good first step for WG, now they have to follow through with it. Within the very first paragraph they take responsibility for everything. I’m not sure how much more you want them to say in terms of owning up to their mistakes. They laid out what they plan to do for all of us to see. Now we have something to hold them accountable to. So we will see. If they’re honest in this statement, then there is some real change coming over the course of the next year. Forgive me for not seeing everything as doom and gloom and having some hope for what is my favorite game. Again, I’m by no means under the impression that every single thing in the statement will happen. But, this is by far the best apology we’ve gotten from WG, which should say something about the situation.

    Edit: speaking of action speaking louder than words, TODAY, the Missouri’s economy mission for those that owned her before 10.7 was bumped to +30%.

    • @Yhorm The Midget give credit where credit is due. This is the best apology statement in a long time from WeeGee, might be in the history of WeeGee. Let’s see what they’ll do in the coming patch then we’ll judge their sincerity.

    • You never *ever* give a corporation the benefit of the doubt. No matter what the issue is. This apology is good, but its just finely crafted corporate BS . Adjusting the Missouri payouts is just them fixing what they promised initially, they should not be congratulated for that. The drop rate thing for crates is just them adjusting to the changing winds in the industry, and it costs them basically nothing. Other things.. eh… believe it when I see it.

    • I don’t care too much because I play COOP and OPs. Soo I always have fun in those two.

    • I really want to agree, but so many of their statements are just “we plan to” instead of “we’re going to”. That just means they have an out when they decide to go back on their “promises”.

    • Fips von Fipsenstein

      The only honest regret WG has is that the waves have hit external media. Media that they cannot control. And this apology obviously has only the aim to calm down these media. Anyone who knows WG longer/closer will also see here the many little loopholes and backdoors they have left open.

      And even if they publish the drop rates of the containers, this is always only a snapshot. The values (which take a year or more to publish) can look completely different the very next day. In order to really change something here, more and especially larger countries would have to go the Belgian way.

  10. They did a good job mentioning a lot of the hot topics, and I look forward to the monetization changes specifically, but I wish they could realize the imbalance between HE and AP, being that AP overpens on EVERYTHING, while HE has some insane damage output to where a DD can actually gun down a BB with no support. I wish there were changes to fires and damacon as well as reduction of the chances for overpens. Too many cruisers have simply sat broadside to me and gotten up to 10 salvos pumped through em and lived to tell the tale.

  11. A well crafted statement for sure, but how meaningful is it really? Will future actions be equally well thought out? I am skeptical after watching so many decisions impacting the game negatively. Now they don’t even have quality input from a strong CC program to largely ignore. With a failed CV Rework forced into the game, a Commander Skill Rework that no one asked for, and now adding Subs to negative reviews, my confidence is low.

  12. I’m not condemning this partial apology form WG, but their actions to this date no longer grant them the benefit of the doubt. WG, MUST back this up with immediate actions supporting those words. They need to stay profitable and I fully support that, but they need to stop using legal babble to support when they cross the line and put time back into the development of game quality, i,e. user interface, map overly….ect, instead of 100% chasing the almighty dollar.

  13. It’s a better apology for sure, but it still boils down to “it’s not illegal”, “everyone in the industry is doing it” and “more stuff is coming don’t worry”…. some people will remain sceptic until they actually do something physical.

  14. There was no public apology about the treatment of the former CCs, more so for LWM who practically did work for WG; if you watch iChase’s video the wording about respect towards WG and rules for CC is more concerning as well. There was no mention of one of the biggest issues, match maker…which is a fairly big thing for the overall health of the game. (How many one-sided high tier games does it take to show there is an issue?) Three….three years in and the CV re-work still does not fit the game; they have had time to sort things, they ignored feedback and chose to not make adjustments. Also “If Subs don’t fit, we will remove them” – they doesn’t fit as they are now, cause unneeded delays to game play, and many ships have no defense against them; WG is moving right along with forcing them into the game despite the feedback etc. Concerning the lootboxes, they have the numbers, so why will it take until 2022 to properly show drop chances? I do not trust this statement as it stands now – WG will have to spend *years* fixing the damage they have done to the game and the community over the past three-four years, before I give them another cent.

  15. This “apology” is a first step in the right direction for me, but they need to actualize what they said. And will remain a “non-apology” until it is actualized. Modern games, these live service titles, are “living and breathing” in the sense that its almost a cooperation between the player base and the company. I understand WG has a vision and needs to make money. Okay! But listening to the player base is what makes us want to spend money. I immediately went from watching Flamu break this down to the title update preview for my other favorite game For Honor. Listening to the Ubisoft devs talk about character/hero reworks and reasoning behind mechanics almost brings a tear to my eye. One of the devs even stated that (paraphrasing) how the game feels, how the heroes play and feel is how they balance them! Not just stats! They literally test hero reworks based on a mix of player and dev feedback! Cant believe I’d throw Ubisoft such a big bone, but WG should take a page out of Ubisoft’s For Honor development practices.

  16. Like how they justified RNG loot boxes by saying “well, it isn’t illegal”. Rest seems decent though, doubt they will do all they say.

  17. I honestly believe that WG have a long established record as “thrice perjured liars and oath-breakers”.
    I seriously doubt that they will realize any single of these “promises”.
    WG can start delivering on their promises for the next 3-4 years straight on, not missing a beat, and then I might lean towards having any faith in them or their “promises”.

  18. I feel like it’s a good apology and if they do indeed follow through with the commitments they made to fix their issues and then they are on the right track to earning bank community support and growing the community further

  19. Honestly, I agree to an extent of what you say, but to expect what half of the things they say will be done is asking a lot of WG. After seeing their behavior with other things in the passed, and I don’t mean no ship with guns bigger than Yamato or the other nonsense that people say.
    Puerto Rico Dockyard
    Research bureau
    CV and Captain skill rework
    Yukon
    CC interaction

  20. Well I love this game. I hope that their words ring true. I have substantially slowed down on my spending in game due to the hijinx that WG have been up to. If I see WG keep their word I don’t see any reason I wouldn’t be open to more purchases. In other words lets see what happens. To me, Honor is everything. Keep your word and we are good.

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