Back from my mini-vacation. Cruises are not for Aria and I. It felt too much like we were living in one long infomercial. Direct flights to a beach going forward I believe.
Darkfall is in an interested position IMO. It’s still the best fantasy PvP MMO out, still has the best combat in the genre, and has improved greatly over the two years it’s been out. It’s also been somewhat stagnant over the last few months (both from a code update perspective and in terms of in-game excitement/motivation), and it sounds like the 2.0 update will dramatically change many of the core systems and rearrange the power structure.
Themepark MMOs get natural resets whenever the level cap is raised, and this helps re-balance everything along with letting people catch up and get in at the ground floor. In most sandbox titles this is not an option. EVE has never been ‘reset’, UO never saw one back when I played, and, so far, Darkfall has not had one.
Yet with so many things changing, not just with 2.0 but since launch, a ‘fresh’ Darkfall would certainly draw a lot of attention. It’s an all-around better game today than it was back when it launched, and many who left early for one reason or another would, at least, give it another shot (and my guess is many would stay thanks to those changes). Not only that, but the chance to jump in at the ‘start’ would also be a powerful catalyst for totally new players, and this fresh environment would present the game in a very favorable light to them. One of the best things about the original launch was how active all of the new areas were, and things would be much better this time around thanks to all the changes (not the least of which being the revamped alignment system and meditation).
So yes, I expect a full reset come Darkfall 2.0 (I’m actually surprised Tasos has stated players will not have to re-buy the game). All of the debate and polls on the official forums are somewhat silly too. Of course some current players are going to cry and try to protect their pixels, but none of those polls include players who have left, or totally new players who will be caught in the re-launch hype. Plus we all know how solid “I’ll quit” statements are, don’t we MW2?
Now the long and no-doubt often delayed wait for the 2.0 update/reset begins.