If you read our interview with the content design team from Guild Wars 2 last week you know what I am talking about already. However, I still cannot stress how much one sentence has been banging in my head like that god damn monkey with the cymbals.
“The other thing that I think is important and this is not a direct answer, but we have World vs. World PvP in Guild Wars 2. I think that will impact PvE as well. Which is your server shard matched up against two other servers in open world PvP. If you like Dark Age of Camelot, this is, in our minds the next evolution of that. It is something that really drove community and you care about what you are doing on a PVE and PvP side. You care about the people on the server.” – Colin Johansen, Lead Content Designer
I know I have said it many times, that DAOC had the single best game idea in MMOs: three realms battling each other for power and control. If a realm was in power, the other two would bring them down, eventually. The benefits of this power were, holding Darkness Falls, the best place to level in the game, access to bonuses in PvP, and overall bragging rights.
One of the main things that kept me playing DAOC all the way up until WoW was the feeling of realm pride. Now it looks like Guild Wars 2 is attempting to bring that back on a server wide level. Putting 3 servers against each other is awesome. Having them fight in open world PvP is awesome. Also, linking PvE server raids and achievements so that the entire server benefits and eventually can link those benefits to PvP is really awesome. I don’t know where to begin on this….
If Arena Net can make this system work and it somehow mirrors the feeling players got from the early days of DAOC…it will be a joining of the old and new in MMOs which could create a truly intesne environment for players.
If you don’t like PvP, no prob, you are still helping your server in PvE encounters. If you want to go and fight it out with the others…go and battle other shards. It really is great.
I cannot get this idea out of my head. I cannot wait to see Colin at NY Comicon next month to ask him more about it (MMORPG.com is hosting a Guild Wars 2 panel…hint hint).
Again I do apologize for how many blogs I have done on this topic, I just feel like Arena Net are the first to finally bring something back to MMOs I truly enjoyed.