I think that when we originally set up instancing, it was defaulted to load the player into the instance with a lower number of players so as not to overload one instance. However, now that's not such a problem and we should probably revisit that issue.
I personally enjoy locking the camera so I can play as I would in an FPS. I was in the WoW alpha and beta, and I played until Cataclysm, and had no issues, but often wished for the style of control I have here. I grew up prior to 3D game engines existing. Prior to Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Heretic, and others. I guess playing them as a pre-teen and teen when they came out formed my preference.
With that said, I don't see why what you're requesting couldn't be implemented as an optional control style. Plenty of games have multiple control styles to please a broader base. I loved the Daggerfall style of combat and movement myself. Maybe a dev can answer it better though.
Just a follow-up. I started checking the instance drop-down under the minimap each time I zoned and I have found that, for whatever reason, I am always in a zone of my own while the other zone has 6+ people on it. I manually started switching and have met plenty of other ponies. I guess my account is in time-out or something, but I can fix it by manually switching instances, so it's all good.
Hello. I've been interested in this game for quite some time at this point. I love the progress that's been made with it thus far, and would love to see more.
However, I really, really have to say something about the control scheme. For me, at least, it leaves much to be desired, and is actively impeding my enjoyment of the game.
Legends of Equestria is far from the only MMORPG I've ever played, and nowhere near the first. There's a level of standardization in other games in the genre, for better or worse; such standardized games often get labled "WoW-clones", often due to one of the most successful MMORPGs on the planet popularizing the style. This has its positives and its negatives, but I would like to focus on the controls here, because for me, that's the most important thing.
Specifically, I'd like to address the keyboard movement and how it interacts with mouse controls. In most MMORPGs available right now, holding M1 will turn the camera independent of where the character itself is moving. Holding M2 will turn the character and the camera together, and subsequently change the turn left/right keys (A and D, respectively, assuming default WASD controls) into strafe left/right keys. This manner of movement is often useful in MMORPG combat, as turning with the keyboard is usually an easy way for a boss or otherwise particularly powerful mob to knock out your player character in some way, as you'll be too slow to get out of an attack's way in time.
In Legends of Equestria, holding M2 apparently does nothing worthwhile, and holding M1 to turn the camera is way slower than it reasonably should be. Movement is also apparently dependent on where the camera is facing, and holding M1 does not override a turn key and make it a strafe key.
This sort of gap in the control scheme is a bit of an issue for MMORPG veterans like myself. I want to like this game, really. But this one issue is breaking it for me.
So I pop on and off throughout the week and rarely see any other players. If I do, it is groups of level 50 players. I also tend to notice that I tend to be segregated into my own instance of the world. If I use the drop-down I see five to seven players in the other one, and me all alone in the one I am in. Is there a reason for this? I'd kind of like to find somebody to play with once in a while. I'm east coast USA.
I came back to lurk (the bots apparently), as I usually do every year or so. I really don't know why but I still love LoE. But the part I miss dearly, I want to describe most because of how truly surreal it was for me at the time. To put it simply, it was watching an old livestream on the EO livestream channel. I could maybe put a few names of who were on the team at the time, but seeing everyone grouped together in town with nothing but the music and sound really had an effect on me.
I watched that stream a lot back then, every morning before I went to school for a month, and more and more afterward. Call me completely insane, but I scoured the old site, youtube, livestream itself, old twitters but to no success, the livestream account is long dead. Even if I had found it, it wouldn't be the same. I DON'T KNOW what I was thinking, or why I'm even writing about it now. Back in middle school I had a very small array of friends, and even then I remember checking the clock to see when new episodes would start or even reruns, and know I was missing them, which was my only shot at watching them at the time. Along side these strange feelings I'm stuck wondering, I spend a lot of that time thinking about all the people that I know I'd never speak to again, let alone the thought that a lot of my classmates only ever viewed me as another person, and even less so now that we never have a reason to see each other anymore.
Now that I'm here writing out a topic, I also want to say I'm sorry I wasn't more supportive while on the team, which was sadly one my last experiences with LoE as I just wasn't comfortable keeping up with so much family around all the time.
This may seem like such a teeny rant to be reading, but if you are, I probably miss the hell out of you
EDIT: I thought it meant it would save a draft, not post it. It's okay, I was done anyway