I am nearing the end of a month-long break from the game and got a heads up from friends regarding the need to prioritize a search for a new home region. The scouts are out…searching, assessing, seeking and speaking.
Odds are it won’t matter how much research and scouting we do. Regardless of how those regions look today, once transfers begin, the landscape could be completely different. Turned on its head, not only by an exodus of factions to Wave 1 regions and realignments within Wave 2 itself, but also an influx of factions from across the Wave 3 regions. Each one fleeing the prophesied doom of a dying region. But…are they truly dying, or is this simply a ploy to corral players into more densely populated regions via fearmongering, half-truths, whispered gossip and lies of omission? Are we seeing the genesis of a self fulfilling prophecy that will guarantee, not only a greater profit for Scopely, but lesser rewards for the players in general?
I do not know. None of us do. What I do know is that without transparency and a clear plan of action on Scopely’s behalf, their motives are suspect. Actually, given their track record, their motives are suspect to many, regardless.
Perhaps I’m too paranoid or simply too reticent to leave. Sentimentality struck me and I spent an excessive amount of time scrolling down the solo SR leaderboard. Waaaaay down…so many inactive and forgotten names scattered amongst the actives. Contributors and dilettantes alike. I stopped scrolling around 2800, but the list continued. Maybe we are dying or perhaps that’s simply the nature of the beast in mobile gaming…I don’t know.
I suspect the next round of transfers in October will funnel even more players into these same areas. A continuous glut of players vomited upon an ever decreasing area of “choice”. Depending on the outcome of the current transfer window, perhaps Wave 3 regions will be in line for an influx of their own in the next iteration…or Scopely may choose to scrape the last holdouts from these regions as if they were the dried remnants of dogshit on their shoe.
The end game would be nice to know so factions and individuals could plan accordingly. Many feel they have no option but to transfer, lest they be trapped in a region marked for elimination. Tell us if you plan to close our regions. Give us time to evaluate our options. Let us plan accordingly. Issue transfer keys to those without so we may move en masse without abandoning the bonds we have built.
At this moment, not sure what I regret more…my hiatus, or my return.