Mark Jacob’s “State of the Game” is up at the herald. It’s a good read, and I think contains a lot of new information for players who don’t follow every forum post made about WAR. It’s very clear that while Mythic is happy with the direction WAR took with the 1.2 patch, it really was only the beginning.
About the SotG specifically, I think Land of the Dead will be huge for the game. It will not only make old DAoC players happy to have a new Darkness Falls-like dungeon, but also expose a ton of new MMO fans to it’s greatness. Given the quality of the added content to WAR so far, I’m sure Mythic will nail it with LotD as well. Giving players an additional venue to fight over and not having everyone focus on the war campaign will be nice. Now you can assault the city, drop it a few stars, and wait for the other realm to build it back up before you make another attempt to burn it.
Concerning oRvR, I think overall its light-years better already than it was at launch, both in stability and just overall fun. People are actually fighting to fight, visible progress is being made in the campaign more regularly, and the rewards are just right to encourage participation without turning the whole thing into “chase the purplez”. It’s still not perfect (it never will be), but 1.2 was a big step, and it sounds like 1.3 will be as well. I’m curious how guilds upgrading keeps will factor into everything, as currently keeps flip at a brisk pace. What will Mythic do to make it worthwhile for guilds to spend time/money to upgrade something that can be captured less than an hour after you have acquired it? If nothing else, guild scrolls to teleport players to a keep are a must-have addition. The part about making Fortress attacks easier was also odd, as currently I believe a Fortress is impossible to defend against a maxed-population attack. Toning down AoE would help that of course, and I’m sure Bright Wizards will be slapped with the nerf stick soon.
Personally the timing of all this is rather poor, as Mythic is making it rather difficult to focus on DarkFall. Knock it off you bastards!