As a person who is still not in beta testing at this time I have the freedom to speak my mind and theorize on certain in game mechanics in SWTOR because legitimately I do not know for sure what some of them truly are like. I have not as yet been infiltrated and absorbed by beta testing knowledge so I am still pure in my speculations and ramblings.
Take crew skills and crafting in SWTOR for instance, they have released a lot of general information in the past from mainly one dev diary and a lot of fansite interviews and some various Q&A’s found on the internet at different sites.
There is information out there, but it is just so up in the air right now what with all the rumors and hub bub I have been hearing floating around about how they are changing so many things about the crafting system at this time.
While I understand that they must change things as a result of feedback from the testers and actual time people have spent kicking the tires and such, the things I am hearing are worrying me to no end.
Why you ask?
Well OK, you twisted my arm.
Based on past experience with almost every MMO I have followed through development and up to release that had a “Crafting System” that they have touted as being “cool” and “innovative” I have noticed a disturbing pattern that I hope doesn’t follow for the realm of SWTOR.
Unfortunately for me as a seriously dedicated crafter and economy lover in my MMO’s I am afraid that I am starting to see the worm-signs that this is true, that Bioware is dumbing down these systems to cater to certain user bases of the game and that the users who would crave complexity and depth (like me) from the system are going to get left in the cold.
While I understand this from a economic standpoint that Bioware has to make sure that this game appeals to their biggest user bases like the “Casuals” for instance, it still worries me to no end. That the things that I have seen in the past about the crew skills system that were innovative and unique and complex, I am now hearing talk about being taken out or nerfed to the point of uselessness for the sake of simplicity in the system and accessibility.
This shows me that if the talk is true, that Bioware is going the same path as every other company when it comes to the issue of choosing to dumb down a crafting system before release to make it more accessible to a bigger segment of users that don’t want the complexity or don’t have time to research it to become it’s master.
OMG Bioware, please don’t take out the complexity in the system, please keep the depth. There are many, many of us who want a system that we can master and can be useful to the in game economy with. If you make this system “plain jane” and easy to master like World of Warcraft, Lord of The Rings, and countless others then you have just killed this game mechanic for us, those who would be challenged. You will have effectively made it so that being a master means nothing because every one with enough credits can do it and that the gear or items produced is worth a lot less than it could be if the crafting system required effort and knowledge and skill to use.
Give me, expansive item modding systems that I can get lost in the possibilities for modding gear with. Give me companions with certain bonuses or skills to certain crew skills so that they can be min maxed for effectiveness in production. Give me interesting and complex item assembly systems complete with lots of resources and components and variations to choose from. Give me the ability to make gear that can share some of the best in game slots, not gear that is useless when compared to flashpoint and operations loot.
Give me the ability to become known and sought after on my server because of my skill or the items that only I or a very limited number of people can produce. Give me complex crew skills queue ability to keep the crafting going while I am offline via longer crew skills completion times. Give me a way to interface with the system and the auction house via smart phone apps to keep me hooked even while at work. Give me tons of functionality via the auction house and the way I can interact with it.
Yeah I know, give me so many things, I sound like a whiny child.
Above all though, don’t give me a dumbed down, stripped version of what could have been because that will break my crafters heart.
Honestly I cannot say for sure if this is the case because I am not in beta testing, this is just a plea and a hope that it is not the case and that maybe someone from Bioware will hear the voice of one crying in the wilderness.
Thanks for reading!
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