It appears that Mythic are putting a hold on players downsizing to lower tiers for the moment, due to a concern about Tier 4 players rampaging (my word) through tier 1. Now this was first brought to my attention via a comment by Radishlaw on Werits blog, which I later confirmed when I looked at recent comments on the Dev/Goa post tracker (Accessed via a link on my side bar).
A couple of days ago when I posted my part 2 preview of 1.3.2, it included a section regarding the apprentice system, in which I made the following comment.
There is a small concern that we could end up with people actively down sizing to play in the 1st tier. For instance, there was a phase within the guild where they were just rerolling lowbies to play tier 1, where things were felt to be so much simpler with the absence of CC.
I also said.
When I originally started my comments on the Apprentice System, I was more negative, but I think I was just being contrary. Over the last couple of days, I have pretty much rewritten that negativity out.
With my first draft, I felt I was being far to picky, so I softened it up, cutting out bits on high end gear and top RR characters, because I “ass”umed Mythic must have considered these issues already. Yet suddenly Mythic have concerns about this feature and what it will do to balance in the lower tiers.
Now I have two issues.
1. Mythic continue to show a lack of understanding of human nature. People will run riot, take the easiest path, etc, whenever possible. The internet is a great facilitator of this, the very anonymity of the interweb empowers stupidity and antisocial behaviour.
Downsized level 40’s may well get bored of ravaging new players in tier 1 quite quickly, but it’s a bit of a gamble. Obviously the last thing you want, are new players being crushed by downsizing level 40’s. It probably wouldn’t equate to the New User Experience that Mythic were initially envisaging.
2. Mythic stated that they wouldn’t talk about features until they were ready to go. If you are going to have a rule, it’s important to stick to it.
Now last time I looked, I didn’t think we were being paid to perform peer reviews, maybe it’s time to look in the Eldriches mail box for my free gaming days.