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8/15/13 2:02:44 PM#21
Originally posted by BearKnight
Originally posted by Nadia

you are stretching the no trinity of GW2 = EQN



EQN -- no dedicated roles (but i'm expecting healers and tanks)


GW2 -- no healers

Will there is a class that will be better able to heal his allies? A type class trainer?

Well, I can say that no profession is known healer in Guild Wars 2

Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh 

Guardian staff spec == HEALER. Everything about Guardian Staff == screams healer. So YES, GW2 has a healer class/weapon setup. Don't tell me they don't, I was able to gear one out for PvP battlegrounds.

Furthermore, how is the OP stretching the "No Trinity" thing with GW2? The WHOLE THING around GW2 was that it was super-hipster by claiming to do away with Trinity completely. They're the MMO that started that nonsense. So how is the OP stretching anything here??????


Also, the OP is 100% correct, read the financial reports for NCSoft. Lineage ONE is kicking GW2's ass in sales, and profit. 


-Action oriented combat <==Yup

-Horizontal progression <==Yup (Gear based, NOT level based, same thing though)

-Removal of the Trinity <==Yup

-Public Questing <==??? Maybe, from what they've hinted at yes....but not 100% confirmed.

-Casual gameplay <==Not confirmed, but the way they're going with the graphics and combat system most likely.


So the OP was correct about 3 "Pillars", one being a "Guestimation", and the 5th he said isn't confirmed....but most likely is due to how the game is being built for Mainstream audiences.


How is the OP incorrect? He stated FACTS you can look up easily.


{{{Look here}}}


Also, note that NCSofts OVERALL profits are up, but not because of GW2 whom has gone down since Q1. Lineage looks to be holding NCsoft up. Funny that the MMO type they tried to run away from is the one keeping them afloat. GoodGuy Lineage 1 not leaving NCSoft behind when they make a mistake.



There going to be class roles and trinity can still be used in EQ Next( new info on reddit comfirms it). you have options to play how you want to play, its a sandbox game. Sandboxes don't have endgame, raiding wont be the pillar on which communities are formed, its the building of player cites, exploring the world and making your own adventures that will bind players together. UO is still being played and the has a strong community of mature players that are still active. SWG was a living world that people remember the most before it got killed off by Soe.

You cant really compare a themepark like guildwars 2 to a sandbox that is going to be changing every day base on what players do and active roaming mobs with needs and wants. Removing the trinity from a themepark game caused a lot players not to like it because those kind of games have always relied on the trinity for game balance. Sandboxes can work with or without trinity and its been done before because the very nature of a sandbox and what you do in it is vastly different from a themepark. Themeparks you get to endgame and raiding and pvp are the only big things you get to do in them. Sandboxes the whole world is yours to play in and  you do what you want to do.


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8/15/13 2:46:50 PM#22
Originally posted by BearKnight
Originally posted by wizardanim
Originally posted by BearKnight
Originally posted by Nadia
Originally posted by BearKnight
Originally posted by Nadia

In reference to the red text, please explain to me why this thread has Dave Georgeson agreeing that there are solid roles w/ combat mechanics similar to MOBA.  Dave went on to say that the system is not MOBA, but will implement a new unique system that will compliment EQNext as a whole.

Because that's all bullcrap. What they showed at the EQ:N reveal was GW2 through and through. 


4 slots for skills directly associated with your current weapons equipped (GW2)

4 slots for your class specific skill choices (GW2)

Action based combat with telegraphs on the ground with semi-dodge mechanics (watch the video, a dev double-taps to dodge with his kerran near the end). (GW2)

It doesn't matter how they spread things out for choices, ala: Moba class designs (which don't fit in an MMO, by the by). Everything is setup like GW2, so how isn't it a copy of GW2 as far as combat and skills are concerned???

A game is not defined by the number of buttons it has.  That is just a mechanism for delivering content to the user.

As for the red text above.  We haven't seen combat videos yet.  We saw a skill and destruction demonstration.  Don't be so afraid that of future of this MMO that you make yourself believe that kind of stuff.

Also, like I said before, per Daves announcement, EQN does not equal MOBA.  They said it was a similar system.  Inspiration, if you will, for theirs, not the same.  Having inspiration from another title is not the same as implementing the exact same system.  Of course an RTS combat system wont work for an MMO, they would never consider that.


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8/15/13 2:48:09 PM#23
I think first up SOE should learn from SOE's mistakes.

Self-pity imprisons us in the walls of our own self-absorption. The whole world shrinks down to the size of our problem, and the more we dwell on it, the smaller we are and the larger the problem seems to grow.


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8/15/13 3:04:42 PM#24
Originally posted by Icewhite
I think first up SOE should learn from SOE's mistakes.

Good observation.


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8/15/13 3:17:52 PM#25
This game still screams GW2 even if they change some stuff, and for that I lost interest in it for now. I do plan to play the landmark when that comes out to see how the whole sandbox stuff feels. I so hate only having a few skills even fighting games have a lot of skills to choose from, it keeps the combat from getting repetitive. In guild wars 2 after I got the combo of skills I liked, I felt a lack of motivation to go on with nothing to look forward to, like my character was done progressing. I hope its not the same for this game. 

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8/15/13 3:20:42 PM#26
Originally posted by Vutar

not following them down the same path to failure. GW2's numbers are down another 20 percent. A year ago this is the game that was going to be "the future of MMOs." It's CEO wanted to compete with WoW. Today, servers are empty and its remaining players are calling for merges.

The pillars of GW2 were the following:

-Action oriented combat

-Horizontal progression

-Removal of the Trinity

-Public Questing

-Casual gameplay


That is what everything in the game was built on. EQnext has 4 of those 5 confirmed. The casual gameplay is the only part that isn't yet, my guess is that will be in too.

So what is going to make EQnext different than GW2? If the core of the game is the same, why are people expecting a different result than GW2? You can pile all the fluff on top of core elements you want but if that core is not worth sticking around for, no one will.


I think the pillar you lited are a good goal. GW 2 however, did not execute them either not very well or not to the extent that we wanted.

I will give the example of public quests and static spawns.  Public quests are not a bad idea.  I think PQ's are a lot of time better options then the static quest giver.  Unfortunately  GW2 was not only making public quests, but also "dynamic" puplic quests which was suppose to give the element of surprise and what not.  Unfortunately the GW2 PQ's are little more then PQ's that randomly spawn in static locations.

EQN kind of took the PQ's and mobs into different directions.  EQN's public quests are static.  However they last months at a time and are never the same because the public quests change the world forever, never resetting.  The mobs no longer are static spawns in an area.  They are placed into the world and let  loose to do what ever they will and will react to the changing world.

So basically EQN is taking what GW 2initally promised and making it trying to make it a reality.  When GW 2first gave information about the game, they were promising a dynamic world that changes and a world that evolves, but never did it.  EQN wants to  do that, hopefully they can deliver.


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8/15/13 3:21:36 PM#27

SOE should be learning from their own mistakes a loooooooooooong time ago!!!!!!!!!!!!


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8/15/13 3:32:17 PM#28
Originally posted by BearKnight
Originally posted by donpopuki
-Action oriented combat: why is this bad? You can't have challenging action combat? Not all action combat is created equal.

-Horizontal progression: no levels but they have "tiers" so we don't know what that is.

-Removal of the Trinity: they claim the emergent ai requires more complex group machics that go beyond the simple trinity.

-Public Questing: why is this bad?

-Casual gameplay: again why is this bad? I can't play for 8 hrs everyday and most people can't as well. They should however put some hardcore elements in addition to casual play styles. The two aren't mutually exclusive. Both can exist in the same game. Also not enough info concerning this subject.


-Action Combat: because real action combat doesn't have psuedo-auto targeting mechanisms built behind them. In other words you're not actually swinging that sword. When you swing the game checks to see if anything is in range of your weapon's attack range and hits them if they're in a specific arc. This is called "Fake Action Combat". It's a way to fake action combat, but still having the original behind the scenes systems of a normal MMO. It's also REALLY cheesy and cheap feeling. You also don't get the benefits of a REAL action combat system (something Black Desert is doing). FYI: Real action combat games are Darkfall and Mortal Online, do you like those games? I don't.....

-Horizontal Progression: it isn't actually progression, but is a carrot-on-a-stick to keep you playing. You actually have nothing to look forward to except more damage/hp/armor from better gear (since horizontal progression is gear based in EQ:N). This excels in super-casual games where you can log in for an hour, do a bunch of quests for quick progression gains, and then log out for the day. Boring....

-Removal of Trinity: As a Software Engineer I can tell you that their "Emergent AI" is bollox, simple and to the point. They do NOT have people from MIT working for them in an Advanced AI workshop, which is what this would require, and even MIT hasn't made this advanced of an AI that can be used on thousands of mobs at once per server. It just isn't going to happen. This is just a PR-spin being used to avoid Trinity, but the reality is that people LIKE HAVING ROLES. Trinity isn't a bad thing, so why do you want to spit on it so badly?

-Public Questing: Everything becomes a zerg, no challenge, no thought, just spam spam spam attack keys, spam rezes, zerg zerg zerg. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING.

-Casual Gameplay: is always bad in any serious tone. You cannot have quality meaningful gameplay in a Casual oriented product. The cornerstone of Casual Gameplay are games on the iPad. Go play some of those and let me know how EQ:N will work out with those kinds of systems in place.

Google Albion Online and after you're done look up the difference between a shitty game and a excellent one, odds are the excellent one balanced casual traits with hardcore ones (even the Demon Souls series does this by having a not so sadistic tutorial).


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8/15/13 3:32:23 PM#29
Does GW2 have:
-open seemless world
-player housing and guild cities
-in depth crafting system
-anything resembling Landmark
-procedurally generated content

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8/15/13 3:45:09 PM#30
Originally posted by Vutar

not following them down the same path to failure. GW2's numbers are down another 20 percent. A year ago this is the game that was going to be "the future of MMOs." It's CEO wanted to compete with WoW. Today, servers are empty and its remaining players are calling for merges.

The pillars of GW2 were the following:

-Action oriented combat

GW2 would have never gotten to it's initial watermark if the action combat was the problem.  Not related.

-Horizontal progression

No, level scaling is not horizontal progression.  GW2 has levels, EQN will not.  GW2 had level scaling but it was still too close to the "norm" for people to play it differently.  Tiers in EQN are not the same thing either and it's spread across 40 classes.  It's more akin to WoW's raiding gear tiers than GW2.

-Removal of the Trinity

No, EQN is changing the trinity.

-Public Questing

Does GW2 PQ change over time to be a permanent part of the game? Rallying Calls are a lot different than PQ or the living story that GW2 has.  It's in the videos.  I will say that even having times events is better than quest givers.  Thank goodness EQN will not have ? or !.

-Casual gameplay

I'm 100% certain that some, or a lot, of the content will be casual.  Not having casual content would be an actual mistake rather than an assumed one.  The term "casual" is indicative of how much time needs to be spent at one time to complete a task.  You can have hard content that is "casual".  You can have an epic questline that is casual.  A raid that takes 3-4 hours to get through? That's not casual.  Rallying Calls would be considered "casual" if they play out over the course of 1-2 months.

That is what everything in the game was built on. EQnext has 4 of those 5 confirmed. The casual gameplay is the only part that isn't yet, my guess is that will be in too.

So what is going to make EQnext different than GW2? If the core of the game is the same, why are people expecting a different result than GW2? You can pile all the fluff on top of core elements you want but if that core is not worth sticking around for, no one will.


This dicussion cannot continue if you are seriously asking this question.  Info on EQN is lacking but there is enough info to know the answer.


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8/15/13 3:57:07 PM#31
Originally posted by Vutar

not following them down the same path to failure. GW2's numbers are down another 20 percent. A year ago this is the game that was going to be "the future of MMOs." It's CEO wanted to compete with WoW. Today, servers are empty and its remaining players are calling for merges.

The pillars of GW2 were the following:

-Action oriented combat

-Horizontal progression

-Removal of the Trinity

-Public Questing

-Casual gameplay

It looks like EQN share most of those core features with GW2, except GW2 don't have an Horizontal progression.

If you want to see how an Horizontal progression works, check EVE, that's Horizontal progression, and that's pretty awesome.

GW2 is just the standard Vertical progression..............


EQN has a semi-horizontal progression, since it has Tiers (which are Macro Levels)


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8/15/13 4:20:32 PM#32
The assumption here is that if EQN shares any of these traits with GW2 then the game is doomed to fail. The problem is none of the points you outlined is what's wrong with GW2. Sure they are unique to GW2 for the moment but my main problem with GW2 is lack of non-combat content.

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8/15/13 4:24:50 PM#33
Originally posted by Vutar

not following them down the same path to failure. GW2's numbers are down another 20 percent. A year ago this is the game that was going to be "the future of MMOs." It's CEO wanted to compete with WoW. Today, servers are empty and its remaining players are calling for merges.

The pillars of GW2 were the following:

-Action oriented combat

-Horizontal progression

-Removal of the Trinity

-Public Questing

-Casual gameplay


That is what everything in the game was built on. EQnext has 4 of those 5 confirmed. The casual gameplay is the only part that isn't yet, my guess is that will be in too.

So what is going to make EQnext different than GW2? If the core of the game is the same, why are people expecting a different result than GW2? You can pile all the fluff on top of core elements you want but if that core is not worth sticking around for, no one will.


Who says they haven't learned from ANet?  Just because GW2 did it, doesn't mean they did it the only way possible or CORRECTLY.  Stop whining and wait and see what happens.  This could be awesome or it could back an utter failure.  Only time will tell. 



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8/15/13 4:55:42 PM#34
Originally posted by Vutar

not following them down the same path to failure. GW2's numbers are down another 20 percent. A year ago this is the game that was going to be "the future of MMOs." It's CEO wanted to compete with WoW. Today, servers are empty and its remaining players are calling for merges.

The pillars of GW2 were the following:

-Action oriented combat

-Horizontal progression

-Removal of the Trinity

-Public Questing

-Casual gameplay


That is what everything in the game was built on. EQnext has 4 of those 5 confirmed. The casual gameplay is the only part that isn't yet, my guess is that will be in too.

So what is going to make EQnext different than GW2? If the core of the game is the same, why are people expecting a different result than GW2? You can pile all the fluff on top of core elements you want but if that core is not worth sticking around for, no one will.


GW2 isn't  exactly failing.

Some servers are noticeably thinner, while others are more crowded. See for yourself, Guest on the full ones. Players are shifting around a bit.

None of your bullet points are a failure but a design choice.

I personally prefer more traditional MMORPG combat. Others like Action

I prefer a moderatly reasonable vertical progression to a flat horizontal one. Others like to know they don't have to play catch up if they take time off.

I prefer the trinity, There are others that don't

I like public quests. Never really thought anyone would think they don't belong in an MMO. But OK, sure I suppose there are those who don't.

I don't like casual gameplay. Many do.


All your bullet points are subjective preferences and are not really niche. There are significant markets for those features.

Now, what contributes to success or failure is how well they are designed and implemented. But certainly, not the decision to use them.



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8/15/13 6:37:29 PM#35

I don't think the discussion should be how is it like GW2, that has kinda been pointed out a million times and is pretty obvious to anyone who has played it, but how can they improve on it in this game.


Big problem with GW2 is it copied its main mechanics from MOBA's.  MOBA combat lasts seconds, MMO combat lasts minutes. Once you start using the same 4 skills for minutes on end, you realise that what you are doing is pretty basic.  MOBA keeps itself fresh and interesting by offering different item builds 100's of characters and PVP is the best AI there is.  Because the combat lasts seconds, perfect timing and map awareness seperates out the good players from the bad.


Guess the question is how is this going to be made more complex (simply better than GW2) by the Devs?  Would like to see some information that says THIS will make combat better THIS will give you a reason to lace up your platemail and venture out into our world every day.

So far I am still waiting for them to announce THIS, whatever it is that will seperate it and make it better.  So far I think they are just flat out fooling themselves.





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8/15/13 6:56:47 PM#36
Originally posted by Vutar

The pillars of GW2 were the following:

-Action oriented combat: True, not that I find anything wrong with AC, more so I don't think GW2 pulled it off perfectly.

-Horizontal progression: False. GW2 is Vertical as it gets.

-Removal of the Trinity: True, but GW2 also removed roles for the most part. Most seem to go Defense "Bunker" or Offense "Glass Cannon" or in between. You can't really play a "healer" or "tank" or "support" in the traditional sense as EQN appears to offer. Along with removing the trinity, they forgot to make better AI which is the whole reason for the trinity.

GW2 classes are one man armies, self healing, self rezing, dps machines. We have very little info on how important healing, CC, rezing, and general support will play into EQN, but with 40+ classes, I can assume there will be Bards, Clerics, Shaman, Enchanters in some fashion.

-Public Questing: Besides EQN not focusing on the Themepark quest system like GW2, it will also have much more dynamic events. GW2 is better then most games, but are still fairly static.

-Casual gameplay: Games are what you make of them, if you spend 20 hours a day in GW2, that is fairly "hardcore" to me. Maybe you didn't PVP, but there is room for a lot of good "hardcore" battles.

So what is going to make EQnext different than GW2? If the core of the game is the same, why are people expecting a different result than GW2? You can pile all the fluff on top of core elements you want but if that core is not worth sticking around for, no one will.


GW2's core is PVP. End game is all about WvWvW or Arenas at any time. Many people do not even level, they stay in the Arenas forever (took me quite a while to level up, too much fun in Arenas).

Yes it has PVE end game, but no real "hardcore" raids like WoW status. From my experience, most are playing to fight other players, not brain dead AI (GW2 AI is not remotely smart). 

So far for EQN we have many "end games." Crafting was said to be the Soul of the game. Landmark and building within EQN are a game on their own. Rally Calls (maybe glorified public quests) will be more dynamic and longer then what we have seen in other games. Having multiple layers of a huge world that changes over time is new (tell a friend about that great dungeon you found yesterday, might be gone today).

Multi-Classing is a huge deal and nothing like GW2. 40+ classes to unlock, "Tier Up," and equip through crafting.

I'm sorry, but you and others seem to be so stuck on one thing that you can't see what EQN will bring. All I get from these posts are "OMG the Lion King swung a hammer in a cone without a target or healer and hit all the mobs so it is just like Disney and GW2".

EQN Pillars: Multi-Classing (Not in GW2), Destruction (Nope), Permanent Change (Nope), Emergent AI (Heck No), Consequences (Nope again).

Toss in Building, Crafting, Rally Calls, Huge world with at least 4 Tiers to explore, sure there is more.

Lastly, we have no clue about PVP beyond there will be PVP. Safe to assume there will be player build cities, castles, homes and we will be able to declare war on one another in some capacity. While GW2 WvWvW isn't terrible, it is fairly unoriginal and just a huge game of Tag like most PVP games without much real impact or consequence.

Hopefully EQN offers PVP that has some impact and meaning, beyond mindless killing and playing Tag all day long. We shall see. But even if it is great, I doubt it will be the "end game" or reason to Tier up as it is in GW2.

EQN offers many layers (literally even) to do so many diverse types of game play. Combat is just what aspect of that. Sure there is surface similarities to GW2, but that is because games from this point on will be similar just as games in the past were.

Wildstar and ESO both have action combat and limited skill bars. Are they too GW2 clones? GW2 is a great game for what it is, but it isn't that original. Times have changed and the dated systems of the past just don't cut it anymore.

If you can't get accept where mmos are going, you aren't going to have much luck finding a game you enjoy. Even FFXIV AAR is changing it up, but is more of an in between type game bridging newer games with the old. Maybe you should check it out?


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8/15/13 6:58:07 PM#37
But wait, I can make a pair of boobs on the ground to block my enemies.  THIS IS REVOLUTIONARY GAME PLAY!

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8/15/13 7:02:13 PM#38

Can we stop the Casual  slander of the player base. Causal players means to play in a way that is comfortable to that player and that goes for people who raid they are comfortable with that set up thats there casual play.

As for EQ:N learning from a-nets mistakes that could be said about every game on the market including EQ1, UO, DaOC and so on they all have there good and bad parts some more then others but thats just it I don't see people grip on a game more then GW2 well maybe WoW but the point is even ESO, FFXIV, Camalot:U and many more even EQ:N will have its wrong doing and the reason why there to many freaking people with there own likes and dislikes its just what and who we all are.

So yeah we all have our own opinions on things yippee does it mean a game failed cause it didn't have 8 billion freaking people playing no it does not it means the game was not made to your ideal way it was made the way the developer made it. Its like when I used to cook and no matter how many times I made a person a steak it was never to there liking but more to my own but with the diversity the gaming community has become no wonder the companies are going the route they are the old players are not there only crowd now they have more young and old players to make happy and you can't.

To me I enjoy gaming I dont play to be uber I play to have fun. If a game is not fun to me guess what I move on and play something else till I find one that is. When I find that great game and not sure if in my life time there will be one I hope it has everything I want in an mmo.



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8/15/13 7:06:00 PM#39

Nice post, good point.


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8/16/13 4:00:26 AM#40

Maybe we could limit the "zomg EQN is GW2 clone" threads to a single one... ?

We know nothing yet, so all those discussions are pure speculation anyway.

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