I can see how many think this update is bad and I can see how you can take it that way. I also see fear that the game is coming to an end. Keep in mind while reading this I understand your fears and frustrations as I too have invested a lot of money in the game and now run 4 sovereigns for our guild. So I totally understand where everyone is coming from.
First, if the game was coming to an end I would hope that the dev’s would be honest enough to let us know that boundless was being shut down.
I also do not believe that they would shut the game down after just starting sovereigns. Let’s be honest they would have a massive issue on their hands legally if they took our money for fueling sovereigns and some have paid 2 years or more in advance to fuel them, just to end the game after this update would be financial suicide and destroy their companies reputation which I don’t see happening.
Second, I respect people’s decision if you decide now is time to call it quits, but your doing it all on the assumption the game is on the way out. Without any facts to back it up other than speculatuon. Using Game history we can tell that this option of private servers is not only a good thing for gaining more players but it usually does stimulate the live universe to have more players.
From a game marketing standpoint games like boundless tend to gain more usership if the buyer is guaranteed that the game will still be playable if the company goes under. Especially when said game is still over $30 to buy full price. Where I have games in my library that the companies did go under or abandoned the game and I can no longer play it because it was never given the option to play solo or on your own private server. So that money was wasted.
Third, I do agree despite being only in the game 9 months after going through forums and the website, that there are many promised features and in game objects that have not been delivered. However, without a roadmap we have no idea of what the issue is here. It could boil down to them trying to get it to work on PS and with LUA being LUA some ideas that would be simple for PC become exceedingly complex to achieve on consoles because of intrinsic limitations to the system and the overall structure and limitations to LUA and the console not being able to be manually upgraded by the owner. I will say though, I am amiss for why clothes, furniture and new gear isn’t in the system because console games switch out gear all the time and we already do with cosmetic stuff in the game. As a game developer IDK why this wasn’t implemented already.
Fourth, the complaints about PS players not being able to run servers. Well Minecraft is the same and people rent $10 virtual servers and run the server on that themselves and connect through the PS or rent a minecraft server from one of the many companies that offer them. So while I get the frustration it is no different than minecraft or ark. Truly it isn’t like this isn’t the established standard for cross platform games as well as pc games. Have you ever tried to host ark on the same machine your playing, yes it isn’t always great even with a very high end machine like mine.
Truth be told this is likely good for the game all the way around for the longevity and marketability of the game. However, I too wonder why there hasn’t been any strong marketing done, if nothing else advertising in steam top spots and getting reviews done by the major industry game reviewers. Or better yet Minecrafters! I use to be a Minecraft person. 1 week on Boundless and it was minecraft what? This baffles me why I see no marketing going on for the game especially since sovereigns that should have been a HUGE marketing push.
In closing though, from a financially dedicate players standpoint that I am paying $70 a month plus gleamclub purchases every 6 months and purchase cubits here and there. It would be nice to get some confirmation for the community from the developers or @james that the public universe isn’t going anywhere and that boundless will be continued to be developed and advanced. I only ask because from reading the entire thread on the update I fear we will have a mass exodus from the game of live universe players if the speculations are not dealt with and at least assure us the community that boundless is going to continue on getting updates and the public universe isn’t going anywhere.