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Thought i'd throw this one out the masses as an example SWTOR the sign of the times basically WoW mk2,forget innovation let's just milk those out there until they get bored, or with Biowares money will add expacs or features to keep there fans happy which no doubt will be nicked from other Mo's as any innovation seems sound an alarm in the suits heads that the game will not make money and therefore they stick with the same old model.
It is apparant that there is a trend by Devs even as innovative as Bioware to take the easy option, the old addage if it ain't broke don't fix it is very noticable in the SWTOR beta,which enjoyable will still not satisfy my craveing for that something a little bit different that spark that would re-ignite my gameplay and immerse me into that world as i got the feeling of maybe it will get better but mainly it's kinda meh.
With SWTOR they took the option of useing Hero engine which in turn gave them a solid backbone but i have seen the engine in use as an early proto type and it has so much more to give and could have been used with prob not to much effort,to create vast worlds but instead we get limited areas with linear paths and no scope to go oooh and Ahh as we take a screen shot of our user definable toon surveying a vast world.
Then there is the trick of so called conversation quest immersion very nicely done as this is Biowares forte no complaints there but after a few run throughs this will gets very old, now i could waffle on about SWTOR''s lack of this and that but i think i'm deemed to be stuck with this kind of linear gameplay or if u like the WoW aka copy everything mish mash approach to Mo's.
With economic market at melting point F2P and quick internal development are shapeing the industry there are a few striveing to break the mold Archeage,GW2 with it's dynamic questing,Copernicus might offer somethng and SOE might get there arses in gear and finally see they have a tarnished gem such as Vanguard which is prob the only long standing sandbox game left to offer something for the niche market and old school players alike,so dunno if u guys especially old schooler's feel the same and are resigned to that feeling of magic like the good old days is well and truely gone.