Firstly to immediately derail my thread I’d like to ask why anyone would hollow out a beautiful giant tree to put a little fire in the middle of it & some random people, as opposed to not building around it. You should just change this & one easy fix would be to build a circular deck area around the center of the tree. Or put those NPCS in all the empty houses you have.
On to the main point. Highsteppe looks awful compared to the old guild city, nor has the charm of the small old highsteppe. It would be nice as part of MSQ that as you progress, similar to other locations, Highsteppe receives small visual upgrades. Or maybe a separate questline of rebuilding highsteppe. Basically, the shape & buildings would remain the same so that all players are in-sync, but the appearance would update.
I get that it’s a type of aesthetic, but there’s no “appeasal” for people who don’t want to live in the slums. Let people toggle the old visuals if they want.
I also extremely dislike the shanty-town SFX of Highsteppe, personally… some kind of ability to choose the music in town would be nice (as players spend a large amount of time in highsteppe lol). Maybe an NPC you talk to & can change up the song?
The dirt caves downstairs also look atrocious. Can we get some flooring? Walls?
Also, plz, plz plz:
The poop that is everywhere that literally every player I know thinks is disgusting:
Why not mouseholes in walls?