Am I the only one who thinks most of this patch is stuff they were already working on before the EA came out?
And they do mention the community...Twitch...
and stan memes?
You are most likely right, they must also be working on Act 1B (and C/D), Acts 2 and 3 etc. behind the scenes while slowly working backwards to implement feedback. But then they also make funny jokes about how so many people chose the good path meaning there is much good in the world.
Originally Posted by Argonaut
That data mentality isn't Larian speaking, it's WotC/Hasbro.
Anyone familiar with tabletop and these two publishers knows that they love statistical surveys and the only thing they take away from it is how to model their product for increasing profits. This is why you see prevalent trends being endorsed and acknowledged without context or consideration. It started with character creation and now it's going into romance, good vs evil and other tripe nonsense and it will continue to go like this probably until shortly before release because, and this is just theory through reasoning, whatever difference there was between them and other devs who wanted the title most likely revolves around "it will sell more because of X Y Z" and now statistics are showing this to not be the case.
I understand that seems like lunacy but again, if you are familiar with WotC/Hasbro this is nothing new. They have dropped multiple projects before for this reason and have released products for this reason as well. Look up how "Dragon Magic" came to be a thing.
This is probably also why Twitch integration is a basegame feature and why controller support is available etc. marketing decisions to appeal to certain demographics.