The thing keeping this game alive is mostly community made content. Bike graphics/models, gear skins/models, tracks, objects, etc. If you look at the base game there really isn't much to it (aside from the amazing physics). The stock models are outdated. The stock tracks are outdated. The graphics are outdated. The menu/UI is outdated. The track creator is outdated. The optimization is subpar.
This game can keep going on at the rate it's going with player numbers slowly dwindling but the game being active enough to survive. But I truly hate to see that. This game has so much untapped potential, it's a shame. This is JLV's game. It's up to him where he wants to take it. If he wants it to grow and become a game that rivals MXGP/MvA game series, he can do that. If he wants to keep it to a small community (albeit toxic) and not worry about becoming a "huge hit" then he's welcome to do that as well. But I think he is doing his hard work a disservice by not going for the former option. What he has accomplished by himself is huge, now imagine a team of ~10 people with similar goals and a roadmap to keep them on track. Working on updating the graphics, the lighting, better erode, better UI, track creator updates, etc. The opportunity is there, it's just up to him if he wants to go for it.
Personally, I'm happy either way. I get on every couple of days and go in Time Trial and mess around on old outdoor tracks. But I would also be excited to see him change the path of this game to be a real competitive (sales wise) moto game. Some things I personally think would grow this game...
Appearance. Update the Main Menu/User Interface. Some people may love the simple style but I personally do not and know a lot of other people who I tried getting into the game that when they first saw it were immediately turned off. The game still looks like it's a decade old with the interface. Update the graphics (I understand this is a huge undertaking.) The game looks severely outdated in it's base form. Make new models that come with the stock game. They don't have to be replicas for licensing issues but at least make them look modern with the associated colors. Update the website. If you want to attract new players, the first thing you see has to look better than what's there now. First impressions are everything when people are quick to spend their money on a different game. Also, doing something about this toxic community. Although I haven't really been around a lot to see what people are like now. A few months ago it was terrible. Get some volunteer moderators that have good reputation to manage this and improve the community.
I have loads of ideas and could go on and on but I feel like they will fall on deaf ears. I will probably get flamed for something in this post but it's worth a shot to get my opinion out there. JLV... this is a great game, and probably the best moto game, so I hope you don't think I'm shitting on it. I just hope to see you take it a step further. You could genuinely make a living out of this given the right moves.
Cam Lee - #36 - 450 Pro