I've been spending a lot of time lurking on the PlanetSide Universe
forums over the past year. Those folks put the "hard" in "hardcore" when it comes to communities that are both knowledgeable and passionate about their MMO of choice, and I encourage you to stop off for a visit if you're even the least bit curious about Sony Online Entertainment's
upcoming PlanetSide 2
Aside from clan recruitment, much of the board focuses on game design discussion, and every other day there's a wall of text about some proposed PlanetSide 2
feature. And when I say wall of text, I don't mean a couple of paragraphs -- I mean long, highly detailed musings on features that SOE developers may or may not be considering. PS2
creative director Matt Higby
is a forum regular, and the level of fan dedication plus the developer appearances remind me of the beta boards on SOE's Star Wars Galaxies
circa 2002, albeit on a smaller scale.
I'm curious as to how much of the fan feedback is used by the devs, though, and since I'll probably never know for sure, I'm throwing that question up for discussion this morning. Are you a part of an active MMO board, and do you think the devs act on your feedback?
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