Now the first thing that will pop into most peoples head, will be new content. New content for PvE, new content for RvR, maybe new character types. Now for me, it’s something more basic than that, it’s more people. Of course any new addon will pull back in previous players, that’s part of what they designed to do. But this first addon needs to do far more than that, it needs to be cataclysmic (Had to use it).
I have previously stated, that Warhammer by it’s very nature has to reflect the ebb and flow of our “epic” cough cough war. I have always felt that an addon pack would be the best time to perform these major landscaping updates. However I have slowly come to the conclusion, that this first addon pack needs to be more far radical than that. What would achieve this for me? Simply put it’s, drum roll please ….
A 3rd Realm/Side.
Yep that old chestnut. If you spend sometime searching around, you will see many blog posts on the 3rd realm topic and how it could be achieved, it’s been hanging around in the electronic ether since launch. I’ve had a couple of good ideas on the subject, but I would be first to admit, that there’s a long way between having a good idea and implementing it successfully. We only need to look at ORvR at launch to realise that. I want to see 3 way fights and no more bloody games of warcamp yo yo.
Mythic need to regain the crest of the wave and this would pretty much guarantee that (Okay it’s merely an opinion on my part, but bollocks to the people who’d say it’s just copying DAOC, I couldn’t give a rats ass at this point). It’s a massive undertaking and I am not convinced they could still achieve it, especially given the paring down of staff numbers. From a development point of view it would be a huge job, which would involve a top to bottom review of every facet of the game. But isn’t what we need? We need more people? A standard content addon isn’t going to garner the headlines we need, it’s got to grab people by the scruff of the neck.
Otherwise, I honestly feel that the good work that Mythic have undertaken this last year is going to pass a lot of people by, especially with the deluge of new MMOs coming out of the gate at the moment. Hell, didn’t two launch yesterday, DDO F2P and Champions Online (aka CoH2). MMO launches are starting to become like buses, never one around when you want, then they arrive all together.
What we don’t need is more landscape. We need players to fill a landscape and players are in short supply, especially on my server. To much med vs med, med vs low on the logon screen for me to be happy and this is after just a year. I never thought I would be seeing Prydwen syndrome so soon on Karak Eight Peaks (Prydwen was my DAOC server).
This first addon needs to do something of the scale that WoW is seeking to do with it’s next addon, which by the way is long overdue in my humble opinion. Warhammer doesn’t have that luxury of a massive install base, so it can’t rest on it’s laurels, not that it deserves any yet. I would be happy to go back to the days of having to queue to get onto my server. People moaned about little things like that at launch, how they must feel foolish now. Probably not, they are long gone by now.
This addon needs to hit people so hard, they are seeing stars, so hard in fact that they see this first addon as the launch that never was for Warhammer, and for gods sake lets avoid dropping this baby anywhere near that bloody big monkey in Irvine.
Give the people their 3rd realm/side and if that doesn’t work I will never offer an opinion on Warhammer again, because it would trully show what a clueless ass I am.