But I do not think it's just the ranged combat .... do you think what's missing in xsyon??
Sorry for my english
If I understand you right you say that Ryzom is similar to Xsyon in many ways but there are more people playing Ryzom. You also say that some await ranged combat and at the same time you raise the question if that is all we are waiting for?
I fear that a thread like this will be very similar to the thread where you can wish for 4-5 features you want to see in Xsyon. If you read that one you will see that ranged combat, cooking and taming are popular wishes.
Regarding the similarities, I'm not so sure I agree with you (if that is what you meant). Both games are very different to mainstream games and have small populations (Ryzom > Xsyon though). That's where similarities end.
Ryzom is free, Xsyon is not.
Harvesting is very different, even extremely different (Ryzom's harvesting model is nothing less than awesome)
The setting for the games are very different (post apocalyptic vs a living fantasy world).
PVE content (ryzom feature quests, no spoon feeding, but still quests)
Animals (I love how the animals in ryzom walk up to you to sniff you out...or gang up and kill you)
Combat (very smooth in ryzom, clunky and .. odd in xsyon)
Terraforming - none of that in ryzom
Politics - apart from factions in ryzom they also have resources you actually have to fight for in order to harvest them.
I don't have a timeline that I can give, as things may take longer or hopefully shorter. I know currently that crafting is being worked on to include artisian and master sets, along with resource gathering using tools now. After that is finished, then they will move on to what is left on the list, but the crafting update completes a lot that is listed.