Hello PWI players!
I apologize for my absence from the forums (aka, not posting and responding to threads every single day the past few weeks or so!)
But I wouldn't be absent if it wasn't for a good reason. Over the past few months, I have begun monthly meetings with CN to talk directly to the developers about how we can improve the International version, as well as share what works and what doesn't. You might have heard this being touched upon on and off, but I haven't shared any concrete details about these discussions as of yet.
Since I feel like the talks are progressing to a good point, here are some things I'd like to share with you guys that are being discussed behind the scenes. Please note that alot of these things are not set in stone and have no ETA. However, I would like to share with you guys the progress I have been making and give you guys some insight into the devs thoughts a bit!
Overall Thoughts of Creating Content for PWI
Devs are actually happy to create unique content for this version. This includes things like cosmetics or new events specific to International holidays. Other things I thought they wouldn't be fielding ideas for, like Homestead, they also appear to be open to (more information below). I have not currently seen what the limit is on changes and requests that involve version specific things like NPC's, Exchanges etc. but a hard stop is anything that is in the base CN version of the game. That being said, I can suggest certain features that might have an impact on the base game that they might implement in a different way in the future.
AH Coin Cap - The devs have said this can be adjusted. They ask for what the number should be increased to and any important information they should know beforehand. Since this will impact the economy, this will need to be done carefully.
Transmutation (PWI specific exchanges) - Can be done, but they would like to have data on the amount of items that exist in the game for whatever is being suggested to be transmutted. Some of the items I have already pulled information on (DQ) and some items will need to make sure are noted (Fairy Boxes), so this would be a good chance to get in items that aren't in the CN Transmutation NPC that we have use for.
Homestead Updates - They would like to know what ideas we have in mind to improve Homestead. This is a great opportunity to suggest possible features and updates to this system. While we still have to keep some of the CN limitations in mind, just having a dialogue about it could open up creation of new and more useful features to get the most out of the Homestead feature!
Custom decorations can be made, but will not be present in the codex.
Bank/Cupboard Expansion - Can be done, but they need details of how much to be expanded to since bank space is involved in a lot of different areas (their words "procedural framework") and they will just need a heads up on it.
Creation of Events - I have proposed two events - one seasonal and one that involves utilizing older materials for specific exchanges. For the former, I will have to provide them with all the assets and tweak some aspects of the event, but otherwise in it's current state it seems to be fine as proposed. For the latter, they are concerned about fairness to players who do not have as much of these older materials stocked up and would like more information on how much is in the system, before suggesting additional tweaks.
Character Simulator (Show PWI Specific Gears) - They will try to find a way to make this show up later, but they are aware of this.
Overall this might not look like alot, but I do meet with them monthly! Some of the things that have came into the game (Such as simultaneous Local and Cross Server NW) are a result of these discussions! There are other questions I've asked that I won't reveal here, since they pertain to things like future content, dates of future expansions or things that are more theoretical in nature.
Also, because my timeframe can be so short with requesting features, I usually have to get them in super early (typically months in advance) to make sure things will pass properly into the next expansion or content update. So some things that need an expansion to implement might take a bit longer to add into the game. I still have not found the proper timing for all these things yet, but I'm quickly learning the ropes and how to ask for these changes. So please bear with us as we continue to make improvements to the game!
What are your thoughts on these discussions? If you have suggestions for anything listed here (or anything else for improvements features wise) feel free to drop your thoughts below! Or if you've already made a post in the Suggestion Box for any of these topics, you can link it here too.