Bioware Needs to Be Cautious
Recently there was a post by Bioware Lead Designer Bruce Maclean (who unfortunately seems to be my favorite punching bag). It said a lot of stuff about events and such, but the final paragraph read as follows:
Game Update 2.4 is also in the pipe and being worked on for an October release. Even though our mantra is smaller more frequent patches this particular update is shaping up to be very big, with tons of new content and big PvP updates especially targeting Ranked play. We’ll start sharing details next month. If you absolutely *have* to glimpse the potential future, enter a Force trance and focus on these key phrases. Oricon. Warzone Arenas. Dread Masters.
Now, I look at this and the first thing I think is “Warzone Arenas?!?! AWESOME!!!”
The second thing I think is “what the heck do Oricon and Dread Masters have to do with PvP?”
Oricon is a moon in the outer-rim known for its connection to Darth Vitus during the Great Sith War.
The Dread Masters are of course the driving force behind the raids Terror from Beyond and Scum and Villainy.
So what are two, very clearly story-driven things doing in a PvP patch? PvP isn’t about the story, though I do love the story in the game. How many times have you actually watched the intro in Voidstar or Novare Coast. Don’t get me wrong, I like how Novare Coast and Explosive Conflict go together on the planet Denova and how Terror From Beyond and Ancient Hypergate go together on the planet Asation, but the story isn’t why people do PvP. It needs to have repeatable content.
To me, Warzone Arenas are a huge thing, absolutely. I am VERY excited. However, if they haphazardly put Warzone Arenas in the game without working out the kinks in other areas, then we will have a huge problem. To me, I see two out of three things that are not related to PvP in a PvP patch, which means that resources they could apply to PvP wholeheartedly are being devoted elsewhere.
October will be 10 months since the last piece of PvP content was released, Ancient Hypergate. If they don’t fully devote all of their resources to PvP, just so the PvE folks have something to do because they are already bored with their Nightmare modes they are getting this month, then it could have disastrous results in the PvP community. I am already worried about how many PvPers will continue to play until 2.4, and if the patch fails…I just don’t know what will happen, but it won’t be good.
Another thing that is pretty exciting is the addition of a new event called the Bounty Contract Event. This sounds EXACTLY like what people have been wanting: Open World Bounty PvP. Only problem is that as of now, everything they have mentioned is that it is PvE-based. I don’t know if there will be any PvP at all. It could just be that they haven’t talked about it yet.
In both Update 2.4 and the new Bounty Contract Event, I urge Bioware: Be Cautious. You have a few lifelines left to save your PvP community. Many of us have renewed interest in the game because of the hint of Arenas. Don’t screw this up.