Ok, ever since playing this game, after you start the game up, it brings you to a splash screen. This screen requires you to press A to actually enter the game. Is there any purpose to this?
The screen is annoying on multiple levels. The first reason this screen is annoying is because when I specifically tell my xbox to open the game (I assume it is the same for Playstation and PC/Mobile), I actually want it to open. I don’t want it to go to some screen where I have to manually press something only for it to then start loading the game. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve started up the game when I get home, set something down/go to the bathroom/do whatever, come back to the TV and have it only be on the splash screen without the content loaded. I want the game to be ready to play after 1 press of loading the game. The existence of this screen is essentially a second guessing mechanism to determine if I really want to play the game. And, you know what? Sometimes I back out. Sometimes I’m not invested enough to continue because I will get distracted inbetween starting up the game and waiting for the first screen to load. With a second set of loading, It’s encouragement to back out if you change your mind and want to do something else. Ultimately, I can’t imagine I’m the only player who plays the game less due the the existence of this screen. It’s hard for me to imagine why the devs would have introduced this when it likely translates to less players playing the game.
The second reason it is annoying, and this is new with the update, is that half the time when my controller turns off due to inactivity it decides that it would be a great time to kick me out of the game back to the splash screen so that it can download some minor update. Either there’s a bug here, or the devs are updating the game a dozen times per day, because I’m constantly being kicked out to the splash screen and forced to re-load everything when I want to go back into the game (and it will download some stuff as well).
Please, please do away with the startup screen entirely. The first screen we should see after starting the game up is the world map.