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First off, I'm NOT a fan of Darkfall 1.0! So before you say fanboi, think again. I have played every single MMORPG since The Realm back in 1996. Since then, there hasn't been many sandbox games similar to Darkfall. Ultima Online, for me, started this trend of opened ended madness.
Back to Darkfall... I bought the game for 79.99 as a package. I got a year subscription and the game. I played the game a total of a few hours. The actual game wasn't the issue, it was the interface. The interface, inventory, and new user experience was so bad that I just gave up.
Meanwhile, I paid close attention to others playing Darkfall. Youtube videos, streams, etc... I said to myself, if this game had a better interface and more direction (New user experience), it would be a hit.
Years later, we have Darkfall: Unholy Wars. At first, I said, WOW! What a money grab! They just want our money! WRONG! If you own Darkfall, you get DF:UW for the price of a subscription.
Here is why that is such a big deal:
Darkfall is not an ultra "known" game nor does it have a ton of advertisement. Darkfall has a medium sized fanbase of the original game and THAT'S IT. To literally give the NEW game out for FREE and shutdown there first game is an instant sign of saying, "Hey, we understand what we needed to change in the first game and this is how serious we are in making it better."
And now we get:
-New and improved graphics
-New character and monster models
-Improved meta game
-Role system to make you an individual instead of the same as everyone else.
-Improved new user experience
-Improved interface (Inventory, skills, health bar, mana bar, stamina bar. Everything is improved)
While we don't have all the details, these are just the features that were presented to us so far. I have a feeling we are in for a suprise come December 12th. This game has the potential to be the greatest sandbox game ever made. This is my 2cents on why I think it will be good and not just hyped up for no reason because there is no money grab, there is no "buy me now" gimmick... They literally took initiative and made the game better, shutdown the original, and are getting ready to deliver the new vision of Darkfall!
Get ready for Darkfall: Unholy Wars!