What up, community!
We wanted to bring your attention to an important subject that needs to be addressed in our genre: toxicity and how it scares away a good number of players that are important to keep the game and community alive and well.
As Josh Strife Hayes pointed out in his video, aggressive and confrontational behavior among players is widespread in full-loot MMORPGs. That is something we aim to tackle as it brings collateral damage to the community and player-base. With an unhealthy and unhappy community, the player-base shrinks. And we don't want that.
That's why we must reflect on this and how we, as players, also impact the success of a game we play. So how about, instead of attacking someone for disliking something you like, you help illustrate to them what you think is great about it? Perhaps they just need some pieces of advice and tips to see things the way you do.
Profane is also about a healthy and positive community, starting with transparent communication from our side.
We are pledged to perpetuate positive practices in our game and player base. However, we are very well aware that games with this level of freedom frequently lead to toxic behavior, which leads to a community that cannot grow beyond a certain point because it is not welcoming or receptive.
So we are changing that, and it starts with us.
lol what is this, preschool? Come on guys if someone is trash talking you online you don't get your feelings hurt, you laugh and trash talk them back. Tell which ever dopey little **** weasel who is trash talking you to go **** himself.
Definitely not preschool. Just a community where we expect respect between all members. Toxicity is a problem present in many online gaming communities and many big studios try to tackle it. There is a whole coalition of companies united in working against it (you can check more about it on Fairplayalliance.org).
Provoking and encouraging sportslike taunting is completely okay and we encourage players to do so and have the maturity to differentiate a disrespectful interaction from a sportslike one.
We are definitely not going with the approach you suggested since it only works to drive away players looking to have fun and feel respected in the environment we created for them.
It's completely okay if you disagree with us! We understand. We just need you to know that that's not how things are going to work in Profane and we are taking a different approach regarding communities.