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  • OldTokken24
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    When the game got postponed again - due to the game having major issues leaving the game unable to be enjoyed and additionally the community does not like to see "The Settlers" to be turned into a pure RTS - the official response was to work closer with the community. That is nothing new because Ubisoft has created the "Settlers Alliance" comparable to the "Anno Union" to listen to Feedback and develop a game for the community. Unfortunately, Ubisoft decided to discontinue and delete posts from the "Settlers Alliance" thus effectively cancelling their close work with the community which explains their sudden change in direction of the game. At this point we can only guess why as the feedback of the "Settlers Alliance" was positive for the new "The Settlers" introduced by Volker Wertich and people were excited for the release.

    And as of this day Ubisoft still strongly holds on to their plans to release "The Settlers" as RTS with almost none of the features presented back in the alpha version from 2019. Why is this the case? Ubisoft already had an attempt at a "The Settlers" game with "Champions of Anteria" which was rejected by the community. The interesting part is that what happened now happened during the development of "Champions of Anteria": Trying to push features which are popular into a game envisioned for a different audience - back than it was MOBA now it is RTS. Should Ubisoft still continue the course they are on now it will be the second "The Settlers" game they ruined in a row. Quite an achievement, unfortunately!

    However this title is not completely lost as an older version (which video presentation they have deleted from the twitch archieve) had shown which features they have to implement to make it fun again. And I can not stress this enough how important it will be to bring back features once promised as the costumer will grow resentful when they see how the game could have been years ago compared to now. This is not even a drastic redirection as the basics are already implemented they just have to revert the RTS focus back a bit and focus on storn economic gameplay with upgradable buildings and production chains - no complete redesign might be required.

    It is not like Ubisoft is unable to do so - they have proven with Anno 1800 that they can do it! And that there is no interest in this kind of game is proven wrong by "Farthest Frontier" a title more like the alpha version of "The Settlers" back from 2019.

    So TLDR:
    Revert the course the game is going to from pure RTS to city-building economic gameplay with RTS components. Bring back the promised features and develop complexity for the game. Maybe you could consider asking the Anno 1800 development team for help to develop or bring back features? Why not bring back the alpha version from 2019 which the community was celebrating and improve on that?

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  • UltimateSD
    29 posts

    @OldTokken24
    I firmly believe that returning to and expanding the Settlers III and Settlers IV formulas is the key. Settlers has way too much competition as a pure RTS or a pure city-builder, but it has the unique opportunity to master the hybrid form established by those two games. There is plenty of room the expand here, and create a game that even fits perfectly into Ubisofts live service model.

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