One of the most important features of Archeage, blockades has been in the game since the launch of Archeage and given players much fun to earn money. However, it will no longer exist due to its negative impact in safe zone and the abuse of AFK blocking. As an amazing feature in the game, this decision from Trino, when resolves some problems, inevitably causes much dissatisfaction.
Archeage Blockades is prohibited for some negative impact
Originally, the ability to block a player to extort ArcheAge Gold or unleash a barrage of skills is a desirable feature in ArcheAge. However, when it brings players the feel of standing inside the fiction world, some problems are following: Players cannot free themselves from a blockade in the safe zones, making the game isn’t fun. Someone had even set up varying accounts with carts and leave them afk all day blocking the entrances to a zone, which made rider’s escape alone wasn’t able to bypass the blocking.
To solve this problem, Trino had ever thought of changing the policy and only allows it working in conflict zones. However, the function is difficult to fulfill as some zones can convert into peace, and the team may not reaction the blockades efficiently in time. As the final decision, the Blockades are not allowed to use anywhere via any means (vehicle, ships, avocados, or otherwise.). And players who violate this rule before Oct. 23 will receive a warning, and get temporary or permanent account bans if they do again after Oct.23.
Players complain that the Archeage Team made a hasty decision
With the changes on Blockades, players lose the fun to plant avocados in front of hauler to stop its movement, so that they complain that the officials made a hasty decision regardless of the whole community’s opinions. Though the poll that running on forums showed a trend that most players agree to remove blockades, people doubt that most of them may hadn’t even seen the vote because there are only about 1000 votes on the poll. So they appeal to the officials that do poll through the game, or linking it on glyph when they take a game-changing decision, rather than only do it on forum.
To response this query, the community manager, Trion Celestrata explained on the reddit that the fact many players have got into trouble with Blockades is the main reason to limit the function, and the poll is just one aspect. He said, “We did it because it literally came up again and again and again to us, and we witnessed many instances where users went above and beyond in their blocking behavior. The poll is one aspect of this, but this is not just about the poll. So many users continually reported this on almost every server that something had to be done.”