I want to preface this rant (because this is honestly what this is going to be) by saying that I am extremely excited about the next dlc/free update, which is two days away at the time of my posting. After seeing the dlc trailer almost two weeks ago, I was so freaking excited about the changes that were coming and how cool the characters showcased are going to be to play. After having my fill of the trailer, I took to these very forums to see how excited everyone else was about what the next content drop had to offer, and I did see that a lot of people were similarly excited about what was to come.
But I was disheartened to see how many people were angry for some reason of other. The reasons ranged from being mad about the lack of Goblin spear chakkas, discontent over the wood elves and beastmen not getting a re-work, that CA is incompetent and the only good content is made through fan-made mods, etc etc. But the overarching theme ( and often central arguement) is that somehow, CA is at fault and doesn't listen to player feedback, and honestly, I can understand some of the complaints.
Spear chakkas are a cool unit that'd be useful. Wood Elves and Beastmen absolutely need a rework. The online modding community is incredible and has given a lifetime of content for this amazing game. I agree to all of these things, but it feels like more than a few people ignore everything else positive that CA has done with the game, and makes their own complaints sound way more important and pressing than they really are, in order to justify their anger towards CA. I get that these are generally a small group of people who are loud to seem like they're bigger than they are, but I want to express my anger and frustration to the people who don't actually seem to appreciate anything CA does.
I want to say right now that CA have been doing an amazing job with Warhammer and that yes, they do listen to player feedback. The entire WAAAGH! update is a (free) overhaul of the Greenskins, a race that fans have pointed out has been in need of an update and specifically addresses most of the Greenskins previous problems. In the same vein, the High Elves are having an Influence overhaul, another complaint players have had. The entire Proving Grounds Beta was an experiment to test out a bunch of different solutions to various complaints players had, and relied on player feedback on what changes they liked. In their latest video update, they specifically referenced the Proving Grounds and expressed a desire to try to implement some more extreme changes made in the Proving Grounds and to reopen the Proving Grounds a second time, because they were excited for more player feedback and to test out new ideas. AND POISON ARROWS DON'T INFLICT POISON TO FRIENDLY UNITS ANYMORE. Maybe some of these changes took a bit too long to be implemented into the game, but isn't it more important that at the end of the day, they WILL be implemented? What has CA been but receptive to feedback?
I get that it sometimes takes a while for CA to the issues some people have, and sometimes CA makes a mistake, but I also want to point out that CA isn't perfect, and doesn't need to be perfect in order to make a fun and engaging game that offers hundreds of hours of content. Furthermore, CA has more than just this one game to worry about. Three Kingdoms released about a year ago and they're currently working through and developing dlc for it. They have an entire catalogue of different games they have to pay attention to and different problems to solve, so obviously they aren't going to be able to immediately attend to our every complaint or criticism.
Finally, I want to end this by thanking Creative Assembly for all of their hard work, from the quality of the work they provide to how much they include the community in their development, and I'm heartened to see other people in the community who are also posting appreciation threads on this forum.