Ferrago report on what sounds like a disastrous Star Wars Galaxies patch recently implemented by Sony Online Entertainment.
According to Ferrago it altered the very core of the gameplay and unbalanced the game as a whole, along with lots of other bugs like items and experience disappearing.
A massive 16,000 players have signed a petition demanding the patch be rolled back:
Players are understandably upset that SOE has neglected to fix the myriad of technical issues that have plagued the game since its launch in favour of foisting a major change to the way the game is played, all without the consent of the game’s 250,000 subscribers. Players have also been complaining that negative posts on the official boards have been deleted, with some even claiming to have suffered a ban as a result of their speaking out against SOE’s tyranny.
SOE president John Smedley acknowledged the players obvious rejection of the patch, but it doesn’t look like the petitioners demand of a roll back will happen as it’s part of a complete overhaul of the system:
We realize that the recent Combat Upgrade has caused quite a stir. Yes, we’ve seen the petition. Yes, we’re reading your emails very carefully.. in fact I’ve responded to many of you personally. From our perspective the Combat Upgrade was a crucial thing for us to do for the long term health of the game. In order to make the experience in SWG more diverse and to breathe new life into this game we felt it was important for us to entirely overhaul the current system and to make sure that it’s balanced properly. Are we finished? Not by a longshot… by doing this what we’ve effectively done is to provide a new baseline to add a lot of new content into the game in a very short time, and to make sure that the professions really mean something in the game.