I have never written this down and i am sure that im not the first one to suggest this:
If you ever come to the conclusion, within a sensible timeframe, to reimplement squadplay, then consider this, nice and easy.
The solution is transparency, not too much, your numbers will be safe.
Imagine the PvP tab, find some nice small (like the custom battle) microdisplay, where one can see, how many squads there are in what tier. You don’t have to tell them who or how many whatever, it’s either a 4 or 3 man squad. Nice and easy…
Now what do we do with the people that don’t want to encounter squads?
Give them a little thing to uncheck: Do you want to encounter squads? yes no
Nice and easy, now the people who want to squad, know where to go and they also know: " well now there are no squads, we should go into the no squad queue".
Also, remove the corp vs corp restrictions, because it is actually a very balancing thing, when 2 squads of the same corp fight each other. I know, i ve been fighting mostly other owls, only in solo q…
But the playerbase is not big enough o_o
Yes and it wont grow until the day you figure out how to use the many features you created.
The squadplayers will migrate into the solo q anyways if pop is too low. (like they did the years before)
Have you ever considered the impact on the community to implement an “elite group” mode that ignores corporations at all?
Are we really supposed to play with that skelleton of a game mode 4v4 beacon rush, until there are bigger options? This is not a supplement, this is ONE MORE additional “gamemode”, only this time it is supporting the “eliteism”.
Dreadnought battles will never be a supplement for regular PvP squadding, it’s too laggy and too linear. And one spends loads of time queuing and preparing. If you believe in the illusion that that gamemode is a grande thing and absolutley unique and awesome, then i cannot agree.
Since March 2013 i have been having fun with friends and enemys alike, in squads. Experiencing the greatest moments and realisations of how deep the game really gets, when you fought this enemy squad over and over, and every game is a joy from beginning to end. Not just one side rapes the other, actual evolving and adaptive playing.
I have stated my opinions times before, i have nothing to lose, exept the fun of playing this. I am writing this in the hopes of being able to squad with my family of featherly sisters & brothers someday in the future, without having to queue for either leagues or dreadnoughties.
OR GODDAMN PVE
*ofc since the new rank system, just use the appropriate ranks instead of the “T3T4T5” but im sure you get what i mean.