Its actually an attempt at a positive approach to a pressing problem. IN the last 12 months something on the order of over 2000 new cadets have gone to the trouble of downloading WB's, creating a free trial account, and have actually logged in. Oh, there have been a few returnees that have used it, a few guys who repeat use it, etc, but perhaps only a couple of hundred.
This means that there is a huge number who have come in, and a vast majority of them, fly approx. 10 sorte's or so, log out and never come back. CM's etc have tracked these guys, attached to em, watch em, PM em etc, in attempts to work with them etc, usually with no response from them. They hit the runway, wobble down the runway running into things. WHEN they get into the air, a few quick wing wobbles and an auger.
Its clear they having control issues, quickly get frustrated, and leave.
Its also clear, that whatever IEN does to attract new curious people, is that it actually works.....in the last 12 months..if a retention rate of even 10 % were realized we would have a couple of hundred new folks flying WB's.
There are some new ad campaigns coming up that actually look pretty good, and it would not surprise me to see another large influx of people checking this out.
A few tests with new guys, in a relaxed realism mode has shown a greater chance of success in beginning player retention. Hence, a new arena.
Tests have been underway, its up for player evaluation, featuring a new gameplay system in field capture, automated responses to field attacks and a relaxed realism FM. The good news so far is that we are testing how well both realistic FM's and relaxed realism can co exist in this arena. Players can choose realistic FM's to fly or an easier mode.
This Instant Action arena is up for public tests and evaluation of gameplay, interaction of both FM's in same arena, and bug hunts.
Your support and help is greatly appreciated.