So, today is the 2 week mark since the official early access for PQ3 has gone live, and my experience with it was very mixed. I have done absolutely everything there is that can be done in the game so far such as storyline completion, max difficulty skirmishes, max difficulty dungeons, making 1st in PvP, and having one of the highest crest guilds in the game that started 2 weeks ago (may be highest, but no leaderboard yet to know).
My biggest issue with the game is that it is a live service that is supposed to have infinite replay value, yet currently has no replay value beyond completing out the storyline. This is pretty bad given that even a more balanced storyline would still likely take under a month to complete rather than under a week. If the game launches with the same amount of content features the game has now, it will take less than a month for most people to lose interest.
Once the storyline is completed, the only thing really left to do in the game is to grind dungeons. This makes it so all equipment is geared towards being more proficient at grinding dungeons resulting in a gameplay loop that is literally just grinding dungeons to become better at grinding dungeons.
The dungeon grind is very boring, tedious, and the player has to scrap most of the loot anyways due to the lack of storage in the game for everything.
There is no drive after the storyline to grind the game. Since the only thing that grinding does is make grinding more proficient, there isn’t any target of the grinding that would require it.
1st place on leaderboard is just a multi way tie competition, completing out storyline with other classes is even easier between better gear and citadel, and… that is it, there is nothing else.
The only other thing to do would be coop. I have around 30 hours in coop so far, almost entirely in skirmishes. It is definitely a lot of fun, but once again has no real target purpose for the grind after storyline. It is also more efficient to grind dungeons solo than with a group due to how the death mechanic works in groups.
I want to like this game, and still grind in hopes that the countless issues will be fixed, but there are A LOT of issues if the game is planning on fully launching this year, let alone in the next few months.