** Please, Dice, please listen to my plea to you as a regular (and devoted) BF player and customer (I have purchased almost every BF title since BF2).
** Also please listen to me as someone who has, so far, paid $200 for 2 3-month rental periods, only to have that server essentially useless to my clan because it requires 10 people to start TDM and 20 players to start Conquest.
I purchased a 3-month rental immediately after the RSP was made available.
My specific goal was (and still is) to have a place for my clan-mates to play where we control the environment.
Most of us are 50 or older so we don't favor the "twitch" - "instant reflexes" kind of play but rather like to use elements of strategy, weapon load-outs in various combinations.
The fun for us is doing things like finding new ways to use tanks and planes and finding good concealment in unique places on maps.
We're also both an international clan and we live across many US\Canada time zones, so it's East Coast players that come on-line first, and then usually the middle then West part of our countries come on-line.
** So, because not all clan members come on-line at the same time and because we can't start even TDM maps without 10 players, means that the server rented has sit empty and unused for coming up on 4-5 months now.
I'll also tell you that we don't even care THAT much is 6-player start makes games available to Quick Match or not, or even if 6-player start makes the server a custom server - we just want a place to play.
The experience of almost all of our clan-mates of late is that, we get SO tired of the spawn & die shuffle that the game is increasingly NOT fun to play.
You force us to play on other servers, and even on other custom servers, owners have so little control, that we get the same experience (spawn & die, rinse & repeat).
Even if we know for a fact that BF1 is a hacker's paradise, at least on our own server, we could kick\ban to ensure that non-cheaters are supported and cheaters are banned.
I get it - most of my clan gets it - you want to bring in-house many of the things that, in the past, we controlled by other people (anti-cheat, server rentals, etc.) - and I believe we are (and have been) incredibly patient... but that patience is wearing thinner each and every day.
I don't know when you are going to release 6-player start (I sure hope it's soon), but the frustration of NOT knowing is driving me mad. Will it be in the next patch or not? When is the next patch? PLEASE - communicate to us what's going on, please, and I know that would do a lot to extend our patience.
Where I am now, and I suspect a lot of RSP customers are, is feeling like twice so far I have wasted my money for a server my clan can't use, and HOPING that 6-player start comes before my second rental period is up. I WILL pay another $100 if 6-player start is in RSP before my current rental sessions ends. If it's not out, I just can't take it on faith anymore than you will add it (and more generally both listen to and be responsive to RSP customers) any time soon.
*** Please, EA\Dice, we have kept the faith with you for SO LONG, and want to continue to do so, but if you keep:
* Not communicating, including feature release dates, for things like 6-player start
* Not allowing granular control over custom servers (which WE purchased specifically for our own unique needs)
* Not doing a better job of catching and banning cheaters
... our faith in\with you will be broken and our almost exclusively BF playing clan will be forced to rally behind some other game and developer.
* Please don't make us do that - and I really, honestly, desperately, hope that you (someone from EA or Dice) will read this and respond.