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After listening to (litterally) hours and hours of interviews from the hands on press event a few months ago, I've come to have a little kernel of fear growing in my heart. Many of the interviews mention that the game world will be the same size as the single player games, IE SKyfall, morrowind, oblivion. But quite a few of those same interviews mention that although the game world will eventually be the same size and scope, at release it will be missing areas that were included in our beloved single player games. These areas are slated to be used for future releases for the game.
Here's the rub that has me worried. With them holding back areas for future release, and the game world being split into 3 faction areas that are no accessable by the other factions, I'm worried that the game world will be entirely too small. Akin to the size of vanilla rift. Which was a large part of the cause for quite a few people leaving the game.
Yes I know I could make a character for each faction, and play through each factions areas. Thus increasing the playable game size. But I've always been a loyalist when it comes to games. I like to pick a faction and stick with that faction my entire play through. In every MMO I've ever played, I have stuck to one faction. It gives me a sense of connection and investment in my faction. I grow to actually care about the story, guilds, and friends I've made with that faction.
Excuse my little mini rant, but this really does have me worried. Skyrim at release seemed really massive at frist, but once I had played through it a while, I would say the game area was actually about half the size of rift's playable area. Yes the multitude of dungeon's increases this significantly. But even then it really wasn't that large of an area once explored fully.