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Why Did Farlight 84 Esports Stop? 

Why Did Farlight 84 Esports Stop? 

    Last Updated on July 4, 2024

Farlight 84 reached its peak player count on June 26th, 2023, with a significant number of players from the Philippines and around the world. Farlight 84 thrived with a steady stream of esports tournaments, both in-game and community-organized.

Numerous broadcasts were happening, including community-organized scrims and official tournaments hosted by Farlight 84. The All Capsuler Cup Asia marked a milestone as the first tournament with a full broadcast, complete with a panel and shoutcasters. This event garnered substantial views and paved the way for more significant opportunities in Farlight 84 esports.

Farlight 84 Esports Came and Did so Well

The day everyone anticipated arrived with the Farlight 84 Philippines Summit, where creators announced a long-term esports event plan, aiming to last five years and potentially be part of the 2024 World Cup. With substantial investments, including a $1 million prize pool spread over a series of tournaments, excitement soared for what Farlight 84 had to offer.

The first Farlight 84 Philippines Championship broadcast kicked off on September 30, featuring 60 teams per week, each comprising 4 players, totaling 240 participants weekly. This impressive turnout looked promising for Farlight 84. The tournament series culminated in a LAN Finals, open for fans to watch their favorite pro players and teams battle it out live.

Farlight 84’s player numbers stabilized between 18,000 to 21,000, thanks in part to the esports movement, which helped retain player engagement. The game’s updates were well-received, contributing to its steady popularity and reinforcing its strong esports foundation.

Why did Farlight 84 Start to Lose Players

After the successful conclusion of Season 2 of the Farlight 84 Philippines Championship, the game faced a significant setback with the v2.0 update on January 24, 2024. This update removed the passive skills unique to each hero and eliminated the jetpack mechanic.

These mechanics had distinguished Farlight 84 from other battle royale games. The jetpack’s fast-paced action was a core feature that kept players engaged. In addition, its removal made the gameplay feel slow and sluggish.

The impact was immediate and severe. Many players, disheartened by the changes, dropped the game and did not return. As Season 3 approached, interest waned, and teams were reluctant to continue playing. The excitement and momentum built up by the esports scene could not withstand the disappointment caused by the update, leading to a decline in the player base.

Doing a 3-man Battle Royale like Apex Legends

The removal of the jetpack feature had already dealt a significant blow to Farlight 84, but further complications arose with the introduction of a new map, Sunder Realms. Designed for 3-player teams, this map was pushed to be the exclusive battleground. This disregarded the practice and strategies teams had developed on the original maps, Sunset City and Lampton. This sudden shift forced players to adapt quickly to a completely different playing field.

Adding to the confusion, rumors circulated about the potential reduction of team sizes from the standard 4 players to 3. This speculation caused unease among the competitive community, as the esports scene had been built around 4-player teams.

Despite these changes, the game’s user interface began promoting 3-player teams, falsely suggesting that most players preferred this setup. This disconnect between the game’s new direction and the established esports format created additional frustration and uncertainty among players and fans alike.

The Broken Mess of a Strategy that was Never Patched.

Throughout Season 3, Farlight 84’s competitive scene was dominated by a monotonous and unpatched strategy: the dreaded heal-off. Players exploited the character Ceanna’s dual healing abilities—Restoration Field and the ultimate Medi-ex—by having a Ceannas on their team that everyone fed Med kits to. The strategy involved staying far from the action, hoarding medkits, and surviving in the final zone through relentless healing.

This strategy not only bored players but also viewers, as it turned the intense battle royale matches into tedious heal-offs week after week. Despite this issue surfacing in the first week of FPC Season 3. The developers failed to release any patches or hotfixes to address it. This oversight highlighted a significant disconnect between Farlight 84’s esports division and the game development team. This further frustrates the community and contributes to the decline in player engagement.

This issue was glaringly evident during the Grand Finals of the tournament. This left fans and participants in dismay as the championship was won by a team that exploited this strategy. The MVP of the tournament, Benbengodmode, consistently survived using this method.

Even securing second place in matches provided enough points to clinch the championship. This underscored how detrimental the unpatched strategy was to the integrity of the competition. This debacle only served to highlight the growing frustration and disappointment within the Farlight 84 community.

The Community’s Cry for a Rollback

Currently, players have been bombarding the game’s Facebook page with “haha” reactions and review-bombing, a testament to their passion for the game in 2023. Many still hope for a rollback of patches, the return of jetpacks, and a revival of the 4-man team format. These are in hopes that they can enjoy Farlight 84 again. 

This review bombs and hate comments were anticipated at the start of FPC Season 3. The developers seemed intent on turning the game into a complete Apex Legends clone. They removed jetpacks, added slides, and stripped vehicles of their unique skills—features that had made the game enjoyable. The esports scene deteriorated, and the new map, Sunder Realms, felt disconnected from the classic Sunset City and Lampton. The accompanying patches crushed players’ hopes.

Radio Silence from the Farlight 84 esports team

After Onslaught Main’s tournament win and the removal of the jetpack, Farlight 84’s player base began to tire of the game. 2023 had been a fantastic year, with a strong player base on both PC and mobile. However, the disconnect between the developers and the esports team became glaringly apparent. There were no updates for players, talents, or production teams about the future of esports in Farlight 84.

The peak of 2023 remains a fond memory for many. Farlight 84 esports will remain dormant until player numbers return to their former glory. For now, 2023 stands as a cherished period when Farlight 84 esports was a significant part of many lives. The community remains hopeful that the developers will eventually listen and revive the game.

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