As a software developer (Non Gaming), I always like to see how other peoples work evolves and what impact appearingly simple changes such as the 2nd ramp in the keeps, actually means from a real world work standpoint. So having this little article appear in my guilds forums links, gave me a little bit more of an insight.
Now I am a long standing believer in the old adage, that there is no such thing as a 5 minute job, as is shown by the process of adding the much needed 2nd ramp, to all the keeps in the game.
Since I don’t go anywhere near the PTS servers, mainly since my limited playtime is focused purely on my own characters, this article is a early viewing of the new 2nd ramps.
I have to be honest, I like the idea of the new ramp wrapping around the outside of the keeps, since I am PRAYING that the walls which separate the outside ramp from the inner one, will reduce significantly the loading on my PC, since what you can’t see, shouldn’t need to be rendered or included in any major calculations (Bar anything that is not Line Of Sight). Let’s hope that’s one of the reasons for outer ramp. It’s all about Z man, Z.
It does offer some interesting possibilities, but with some obvious downsides. 2 ways up, means you have to split your defending tank wall, which I imagine is the purpose, which intern makes it more of a challenge for a smaller well organised force to hold off a more zerg like grouping. Also I can imagine, none line of sight heals will be de rigor from now on, especially if your healers need to cover 2 approaches. Lets hope the “Warband” can still hold the line, regardless of the 2 approaches. It would be dreadful for it all to become more numbers, vs numbers.
I think it’s worth bearing in mind, that the addition of this 2nd ramp, will have implications which may only be shown up in a live environment, so please don’t have a spasm if this occurrs, it is one of the beauties of playing/subscribing to an MMO, they can and will evolve.
Anyways, have a read, look on it as a bit of game design education and any education is never a bad thing.