Keep in mind after we requested everybody to please cease making Discord servers for issues that should not be Discord servers? Apparently Amazon wasn’t listening, because it has revealed plans to close down the boards for its New World and Misplaced Ark MMOs in favor of—you guessed it—Discord servers.

“With the launch of our official New World Discord together with the options, performance, and accessibility for gamers now we have made the choice to embrace Discord as our main engagement platform for New World moving ahead,” Amazon mentioned. “To assist us add as a lot worth as attainable to our Discord server, we might be sunsetting the New World boards which is able to enable our workers to deal with offering high quality engagement alternatives in a central, and simply accessible platform.”

Apart from swapping out the game title, the Misplaced Ark discussion board closure message is equivalent.

Discussion board posting might be disabled on Might 1, though the boards themselves will stay up for an indeterminate time so customers may have an opportunity to avoid wasting what they wish to maintain. Amazon “might be cataloging all the historic suggestions that gamers have left, assuring that sentiment and suggestions left just isn’t misplaced.” As soon as that is achieved, the discussion board URL might be redirected to Discord servers (New World, Misplaced Ark) and social media pages. Considerably oddly, on condition that it is pulling the plug by itself boards, Amazon mentioned it’ll even be growing its presence on the New World and Misplaced Ark subreddits.

The response to the plan from discussion board customers just isn’t nice. A number of the pushback is a bit overwrought (one thread on the choice to finish the boards calls it “a horrendous, vile mistake,” which is fairly heavy) however loads of customers make the legitimate level that Discord and boards are very totally different instruments designed to serve very totally different functions.

“Discord is clearly helpful for a lot of causes, most avid gamers use it,” New World discussion board consumer Gavyne wrote. “However it’s a horrible place to have a again & forth dialogue on a number of subjects, in addition to seek for knowledge & content material.”

“Whereas the chat structure on Discord serves a greater objective for small discuss and one-liners, the bulletin board discussion board structure nonetheless offers a a lot better overview for deeper dialogue/evaluation, simpler to entry and have much better and extra instruments for formatting,” Julezer added. “Folks basically additionally put far more thought into posting on a boards than in a chat. your present Discord structure it’s on no account able to changing a discussion board. It should in a short time finish in a disorganized mess.”

“It’s unattainable to have an enticing dialogue in Discord, it’s a actual time chat app,” NSilva wrote on the Misplaced Ark boards. “There’s completely no fucking level of leaving suggestions or posting if customers can’t simply learn all of the associated messages. Even in case you submit stuff there it’s simply gone, out of attain perpetually after 2mins.”

I am an previous boards man myself (I nonetheless often discover myself fascinated by the previous, long-lost BioWare boards) so there’s undoubtedly some bias at play right here, however I’ve to agree with the sentiment that this is not an awesome move for New World and Misplaced Ark gamers. Boards are a litany, a spot to share thought of ideas and discover arcane data buried in time; Discord, by comparability, is an unruly tavern: Nice for assembly with associates and preventing with strangers, however very a lot a “second in time” form of factor.

Fortunately, New World and Misplaced Ark gamers produce other channels for forum-like communications, together with Reddit and Steam, so the closure of their native boards does not characterize the whole finish of civilized interactions. Even so, it is sort of a bummer: Name me old style if you’ll, however huge video games deserve their very own boards—Discord could also be a brand new approach of doing issues, however that does not imply it is higher.