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Preface: Me and a buddy who have played/beta tested almost every MMO since 99' were just talking in mumble.
Question: Why has no game released a perma death server for us hard-core players?
Opinion: I understand some games (most) are hurting for subscribers and it would be desolate. But a game like SWTOR when it first came out, or WoW (even now) releasing one, or any of the big titles like FFXIV.
You're going to get tons of publicity - which would usher in carebears to the softcore severs just by hearing about your game, and you would get tons of us hardcore players at least giving your game a shot if we hear you did it right.
We're basically talking the perfect hardcore players dream game..but with existing games that we all whine about. These games already have full foundations, most of them are great games in their own ways, but they just failed miserably with content and easy mode.
All you have to do is turn on an insta-death switch.
Now think a little bit harder about what this means...
All crafting is finally meaningful and therefore the auction houses are all constantly cycled, no stale moments. You constanlty have herbs and ore and cloth being farmed for potions, gems for sockets, armor. And you wouldn't be to hasty to level this up as they require you to go to dangerous places where normally you don't mind because you face rolled the content and geared out and then went back to these places fully equipped and got what you needed.
You would spend a full week on some dungeons just preparing.
Raids would be the most incredible things every encountered because every single moment and potion and movement and preperation strategy counted.
You would form endless bounds with people like we did back in EQ because you would NEED groups, you would NEED communication, you would NEED partners in crafting. COMMUNITY.
PvP is another story - like I said we just started this discussion in mumble and haven't elaborated too much...
What do you guys think?
This isn't a flame thread. This is more of a well this WOULDN'T work , and this WOULD. Share your opinoins. Get this ball rolling. Who knows - if a developer is smart he is watchign these forums like a hawk. And this could spark some interest.
The closest thing we have right now is EQ which is my favorite MMO of all time - but outdated. And it's not permadeath it's just corpse runs.
EvE is close. You lose your ship and such. Cargo bays.. etc. But PvE you get your stuff back. But for the most part you contain your clones and such.
Darkfall - just open loot.
We were just imaging a vanilla WoW server released like this. A SWTOR server like this. A FFXIV server such as this.
Our favorite part was talking about Age of Wushu and this idea. Phew. That would be insane lol. So i guess we touched on PvP :P
I just think it would be a great idea for new games releasing to incorporate. It wouldn't touch you care bears. And us hard core players would be all for trying it. And it's one server. It's not like if it fails the game fails - they would probably just leave the niche players there and let them be.