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Here is the official article released today about their stance on raiding, which seems to be a very hardcore raiding focus.
Personally there are a lot of things that interest me about Wildstar and that I like. This is not one of them. I don't agree at all that 40 man raids = more challenging, nor fun. To me 40 man raids = more hassle and less people that will ever experience the content. In this regard I think the devs are stuck in a 2005 MMO state of mind where MOST of the mmo community is moving, or has already moved, away from that. Sure, some people will be excited about this, but who is that going to be? The hardcore raiders - and what percentage has that been shown to be in mmos'? 10-20% at the most. So again it's back to making the main focus on content that so little of the game population will ever experience or enjoy - and how does that make sense?
And that begs the question - is raiding going to be the main elder game focus? Evidence would point in that direction - what is being talked about the most over and over in videos, having articles written about it, etc? Raiding. There have been very few comments or focus about this end game solo content and a bit more regarding pvp - but not much. And the comments I've heard about the solo elder game content in videos make it sound like it's a vision they have - not something even really worked on in depth at this point, where it seems the raiding definitely has been. So where's the focus? Seems like raiding to me. And I guess if you're one of the few really hardcore raiders out there you'll love this.