There was a very not-promoted AMA with Salty, Nimhain, and Sirrian on Reddit yesterday (April 11, 2019). A lot of you may not have seen it, and in the end Reddit is a pretty bad way to archive something. So I’m preparing an annotated map of the questions that were answered either directly or indirectly. This took a lot of time, so if I miss something please let me know! I am going to intentionally leave some stuff out, like my request for a horse avatar. If you see
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For once, I’m going to turn off snark and stay objective, but for your convenience I’m going to collapse some quotes to a simple answer. Order is roughly in order of importance to me.
Nimhain: We’re got some stuff we’re discussing in the background. Nothing to talk about it.
Sirrian: Regarding the PvP stuff - we’re aware! It’s an old system, and it worked reasonably well - but it could do with some good housekeeping. Also the game has grown so much in the last few years, that a single leaderboard for EVERYBODY isn’t really much fun anyway. I think it’d be great if we had people in smaller brackets competing for meaningful places… no promises here though - that’s just some blue-sky thinking.
Nimhain: While we’d like for all platforms to be in sync, we don’t have any eta at the moment if it will happen. Switch will get updates at a different rate to the other platforms, and we want to look at how that influences the existing schedule before we look at trying to catch them up.
Especially as the game continues to be fleshed out and more lore developed, we have discussed the idea of bringing some lore back but only where to lore would work to help players understand the troop (Fist of Zorn would have been a good example).
So you may see some lore appear in the future but not to the same degree as before. (We may also look at another lorekeeper in the future but no promises).
We actually are currently looking for a way to bring them back… maybe later this year?
Source (Also check that thread out for some bonus Raksha lore!)
Nimhain: So we’ve never discussed what Queen Mab’s mother in the lore, only that she’s a direct decendant of Skadi the Queen of Winter Solstice.
We may go on to meet her mother or find out what happened to her in the future. It would be a fun part of the lore to explore further into.
Nimhain: We are working on a plan for this for a future update.
We are aware that this is a requested feature by players, so we would like to make it happen.
Sirrian: Yes! We’re currently figuring out a plan for exactly that!
Can’t share any details yet, as we’re not sure ourselves, but keep an eye open in any patch notes we publish.
HUGE wall of text that asks 1) What might be reworked? 2) Can we get more chat updates? 3) Delve feedback that’s not a question.
Sirrian: Probably everything more than 2 years old is slated to get some updates and improvements at some stage. Part of this has just been learning “what’s fun and what isn’t”. Treasure Hunt is a great example of something that a lot of folks enjoy, which doesn’t have a place in the modern meta. Arena, PvP, Dungeons, and Daily Tasks are all system that spring to mind which could be improved.
(… omitted paraphrase: “Of course more chat features, thanks for the feedback.”)
Sirrian: Yes indeed! We really wanted to make more adventures inside Puzzle Quest, but for various reasons - some of them contractual, and others practical (e.g. How do deliver more content on PS2??!?!) - it just never got done. I think a remastered/HD version (with new stuff) would be super cool.
Sirrian: Never say never. But no. Source
Interesting, but not in response to a specific question:
Sirrian: Project we’re excited about? Oh, man, there is SO much stuff still coming for Gems of War planned for the next 12 months. Without committing to timing or anything, I’m quite excited by the idea of 3 things: a) Some PvP Rework to make it feel more like a contest, less like a grind b) Some more meaningful co-op features, so it really feels like you’re playing WITH friends, not just “at the same time” as them c) This idea is a bit “out there”, as it’s still early days… but you know, if I conquered the world, I’d LOVE to just live in an epic castle… just sayin…
Nimhain: Part of the reason we don’t talk much about what’s in development is that we’d like to be a transparent with our player base as we can. We don’t want to promise something or say we are going to do something only for it to scrapped or delayed until the future.
I have few projects I have in the background, mainly various kingdom reworks that I’m writing ideas for or review older troops that might need some love in the future. I’m also going through the spell text to update it to improve it (the game is turning 5 later this year and the way we write spells has change over the years).
A few people asked if Switch and PC/Mobile were ever going to be linked, none of them garnered a response. Some of them are timestamped after the AMA ended, but I also feel like we’ve already had this answered with “I don’t know, we’ll let you know if we make plans” plenty of times on the forums.