I registered for an account on the new server since I figure in the two months hiatus for Renewal I might end up missing RO and I'd like to see what the new server has to offer. But I have some serious reservations from what I've seen announced so far.
My experience on Chaos with it's extreme delays in systems updates has made me feel like a second class citizen to a development team that does't care about the players of their game. Receiving updates years late, always incomplete, and introducing bugs and other issues requiring rollbacks or worse has become the norm. The delays have become so severe that the base game of kRO which iRO should mostly reflect now plays almost entirely different as most (all?) skills have received updates which have not come to iRO. Even more egregiously iRO renewal is two level caps behind kRO. This literally is mind boggling to me and make it impossible for me to recommend anyone join such a poorly managed server. Another related frustration is that other regions using the same game type seem to almost always be given priority on receiving updates while iRO, which should be considered the premier server as it covers players from around the globe, often times receives their updates years after those other regions or not at all.
The above in mind, to say I was disappointed reading here that more of that awful update system is what is promised (a minimum of a year delay to get to the current content) and is held up as a positive is unacceptable to me. I'm not sure how much more clear us players need to be when say we want to have parity with the base game of kRO. To that effect what I'd want to hear about for this new server is:
A. Details of the plan to catch RT up to the current systems and content available in kRO's Ragnarok Zero server . Ideally this should be an accelerated version of kRO's the original update schedule but where we receive each patch on a monthly or faster basis until there is parity
B. Details of the team at the developer that is dedicated to iRO's RT with timelines and other evidence that we won't be left at the back of the queue when it comes to updates.
C. A community liaison that works with the development team that would allow warpportal to pass player feedback to improve the game. This would greatly improve community engagement as currently we feel ignored and that our views are unwelcome.
D. More QA at the studio level to test the game to ensure new content works as expected before it is sent to iRO for players to do further testing on our test server.
E. RT version of Sakray.
As none of those will be forthcoming I expect any new server will end the same way as Re:Start and Classic. You change nothing about the underlying causes of resentment from the more dedicated players and seem to be surprised when the server fails because when those who should be you biggest supporters feel mistreated and then shout from the mountain tops telling everyone to stay away.
Anyway those are some of my thoughts on RT and I do want to honestly say good luck with this new server as this version sounds like a ton of fun but as it stands I don't see much of a future for this new endeavor.