2018 has been a wonderful year... in general... there have been much growth in terms of server's stability, but then, we still lack the player base to bring the server to the next level. Over the past few months we've been thinking what went wrong... and we do take note of the concerns raised to us over time... so looking towards 2019... it will be a rather interesting, but also challenging year...
We will not close the server...
For those of you who are new with us, we started this server out of passion for the game, to create one that's free to play, packed with as many features and new ideas we can come out with, as long as we are able to find the means to realize these ideas, and to implement them. We never intended running the server as a business, even though it is quite easy, or even natural for anyone to think so. So as long as we are able to, we will keep the server running, even if we are down with 1 player left.
However, it also breaks our hearts to see much effort poured in doesn't flourish as we wanted it to be. Please bear with us cause we do not have many years of experience running a SHR server, and we do not have all the solutions or formulas to attend to these questions that we are facing. We have asked veterans around and we came to an understanding that SHR servers share the smallest player pool... meaning that smallest player group (total) across all the SHRs out there.
That makes sense as we used to have one of the biggest population base before another popular server got revived... That kept us on our toes... It's healthy to have someone to check our progress against, but we never saw them as a competitor, remember we made the server out of passion for the game.
Many of you would also be aware that ExperienceRO isn't exactly a SHR. There are many features that require you to spend time grinding, farming, investing, what not... I believe some left the server as well due to this because this expectation wasn't met... at all... The only SHR thing about the server is your leveling pace, your exp, how fast you can job change.
We have decided... taking a big leap of faith... to slowly transit the server into a HR... a true HR... High Rate... Your accounts will be intact and we will progressively:
- Lower the max base and job levels to 500 and 120 respectively.
- Lower max stats cap to 500. I believe these two will bring back classes like Creators and Champions.
- Re-introduce evasive skills by revamping the skill hard delays.
- Revamp class authorities.
- Rework stats on custom items.
- Rework stats on custom monsters.
- We *might* rework on item slot count.
- We will de-list from RMS and move to HR section.
- And so on...
There's a lot of work to be done... The decision wasn't easy... But it's necessary... And I hope you'll journey with us still...
Therefore... Episode 2 will be temporarily be on hold to make way for this... Over the first few months of 2019, we will slowly see the puzzle pieces being put in place...
Thank you for trusting us, thank you for choosing us...
Blessed New Year!