I have played this game now since launch and can say that my experience of the communities and in particular the way the companies are managed is one of extorsion and toxicity.
“do as we say or we kick you from the company”.
“donate what we say or we kick you from the company”.
“Quest where we tell you or we kick you from the company”.
“Be on each day and make sure you are on at these times or we kick you”.
“I am sorry, if you are going to take a vacation, we will kick you”.
“If you want to take vacations, you need to check with us first to make sure we have enough coverage”.
Like seriously, what on earth is this.
For someone who has bought this game and enjoyed the single player elements such as questing, levelling, crafting, to have so much of the game gated behind these players is very off-putting. To the point I am going to put the game down now and allow things to settle to see whether the toxic elements of the community become established or whether they move off to the next game.
Its a real shame as for me, community is something that makes a game and seeing this was such a turn off.