Dear Sacred 3 Devs,
I'm well aware that the game is already being worked on and it is probably not possible to make any huge changes to the road which is already being taken as far as developing S3, but I still feel the need to get this off my chest, especially since I just recently started playing Sacred 2 again (and am still enjoying the hell out of playing it).
Let's think about Sacred 2 for a minute, about the game that it was supposed to be, and the game that ended up making its way to store shelves. There was a huge team of software engineers working on this game for years. They probably didn't even know what they were getting into when they started. It is a HUGE game. The world map alone is enormous, and with so much detail. So many places to explore that don't really have much purpose, but are there anyways. A lot of other programmers would have just removed such places - why spend so much time on an area which has no real reason to be in the game in the first place? For example, there is an area in the Orc country that is high on a hill overlooking two or three rivers converging together into a waterfall beneath me. It is absolutely gorgeous. It serves zero purpose as far as the gameplay or story, but that is maybe why I thought it was so cool. I was just wandering around seeing where the wind would take me and trying to check out some unexplored areas, and I found this beautiful vista. In my opinion, this is one of the things which makes Sacred 2 so unique, but also serves to show how much potential the game had if the Sacred 2 developers just had more time to work on it. Sacred 2 is the ultimate unfinished gem.
That being said, anyone who played Sacred 2 and stuck with it long enough to realize what a great game it was already knew exactly what they wanted for Sacred 3 - they simply want a finished, polished version of Sacred 2. Sacred 3 was supposed to be everything that Sacred 2 was striving to be had there been enough time for it to be completed. It was supposed to build off of an already winning formula. The primary ingredients of this winning formula did not need to be changed at all, it only needed things fixed and added to it. Even the graphics didn't need to be upgraded - Sacred 2 players don't give two craps about fancy PS4-esque graphics and SFX. We just want solid, bug-free gameplay and a huge world to explore. S3 devs, you have to understand and keep in mind what it was that made Sacred 2 so unique and good and what made its players demand a 3rd installment. Sacred 2 players don't want another Diablo. They don't want a game that is similar to other popular games. Sacred 2 players want to play SACRED.
But it seems you devs at Deep Silver do not realize that you already had a winning formula sitting in your lap. Maybe all you saw were the average to poor reviews of Sacred 2 when it first came out and said to yourselves "ok, let's just start over and make something similar to Diablo - yea, that shouldn't be too hard." In order for Sacred 3 to be successful, you need to take a chance. You need to trust in the winning formula that was Sacred 2 and believe that when enough people realize how great of a game a polished Sacred is, they will come in droves to buy it. I've been playing video games for almost 30 years now and I can't believe how much of my free time I still put into Sacred 2 to this day. After my countless hours of playing, I'm still thoroughly enjoying this damn game. But wow, if there was a new, polished version of what I'm playing now? I'll be there with my wallet ready the first day it's out. You could sell it for $99 and I'd still buy it without a second thought. I don't think I could say that about any other game.
As I've stated before, if the new Sacred 3 stays on its present course and does not resemble the Sacred series in any meaningful way, I will absolutely not buy it, I'll instead purchase Ice and Blood (I still only play Fallen Angel). If you guys are going to change the things which made the Sacred series unique and awesome, please don't even bother with it. Or at least, PLEASE, don't call it Sacred.
Edited by rhs408, 21 April 2014 - 03:20 PM.