First, the comments section on this Massively article (great piece btw, riveting topic that someone should have blogged about…) is hilarious. Usually you have to go to MMORPG.com to get such ‘quality’ comments, but it seems people’s love for Darkfall has spread to other sites as well. Always nice to have a well-rounded variety of QQ, so I welcome these new ‘fans’ with open arms and empty buckets.
In other Tasos-talks news, the man himself posted an update about the next expansion, including not only a rough ETA but also some details about what players can expect. I think calling it a heavily PvE-focused expansion is selling it short, or at least giving some of the slower forum trolls too much feed (although AV has a history of tossing out troll-bait, so maybe this is just more of the same).
I say that because when you create in-demand PvE spots, you in turn create a PvP-hotspot. The center dungeon is the perfect example of this; it’s a great place to farm because of the variety and availability of mobs, yet it’s also a good place to go to get into a fight. The two simply go hand-in-hand in Darkfall, and I for one can’t wait to spend more time in one of Agon’s revamped dungeons fighting not only the mobs but also other players.
Not much detail was given on exact what is going into the new dungeons, but it sounds like AV has bigger plans for them than to just make them underground mob camps. Traps, interactive mechanics, puzzles; who knows what is going to be included. It’s most likely a pipedream, but how crazy would an Ultima style underworld be in Darkfall, where not only is the underworld itself a sizable area, but all of Agon’s dungeons connect to it, creating a subterranean network for alternate travel. As someone who still rather vividly remembers playing Ultima V and searching for the entrance to Dungeon Doom, Darkfall possibly going in this direction is drool-worthy.
The rest of the post is also rather light on solid details, and as mentioned each major feature will get its own spotlight in due time. Finally, I have little doubt that even when all of the information is presented, the expansion itself will still include a few changes that will surprise people, much like the last patch surprised most with the AoE change coming so quickly (and so far, working brilliantly).
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